Bozize Loyalists Seize Bouca, Attack Rebels
By William Tucker
Chief Correspondent for In Homeland Security
In their first major military operation since Central African Republic president Bozize was toppled in March of this year, soldiers still loyal to the ousted president have began to strike back at the rebel movement that seized the capital earlier this year. Loyalist forces have seized the town of Bouca and the current government has accused the loyalists have attacking other villages and burning bridges near Muslim populations. Unfortunately, the nation is undeveloped and communications with much of the country is difficult in the best of times. The situation has degraded to the point that the UN is concerned that CAR may become a failed state. Indeed, CAR has gone through several coups since gaining its independence which has made instability a more the norm than the exception. Changes on the ground relative to territorial holdings can change rather rapidly in CAR and the situation will remain closely monitored here at IHS.