Chad's Habre: desert warlord turned brutal tyrant

Chad's Hissene Habre seized power in 1982 and quickly embraced the role of remorseless dictator, his rule was marked by fierce crackdowns on dissent, including alleged torture and executions of opponentsA desert warfare specialist, Chad’s Hissene Habre seized power in 1982 and quickly embraced the role of remorseless dictator, with brutal repression the hallmark of his eight-year reign of terror. Often dressed in combat fatigues that complemented his “desert fighter” nickname, Habre fled to Senegal after he was ousted in by Chad’s current President Idriss Deby in 1990. Now 73, Habre’s rule was marked by fierce crackdowns on dissent, including alleged torture and executions of opponents, earning him comparisons to Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet.

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