TIMELINE-Tensions between Sudan and Chad
(Reuters) - Chadian rebels opposed to President Idriss Deby said on Thursday they had launched a fresh offensive in eastern Chad and were engaged in clashes with government forces.
Chad and Sudan accuse each other of backing rebels in their countries. Here is a chronology of recent Chad-Sudan tensions:
Jan/Feb 2004 - Thousands of refugees from Sudan's Darfur region arrive in Chad fleeing government bombings and raids by Arab Janjaweed militias.
April 9 - Chad brokers a ceasefire between the Sudanese government and two Darfur rebel groups.
April 11, 2005 - Chad suspends mediation, accusing Sudan of supporting Chadian rebels. It returns to mediation after promises from Khartoum that it would act against the rebels.
December 18 - Chad says its forces killed about 300 rebels after they launched a failed offensive on the border town of Adre. Sudan denies involvement.
Feb 8, 2006 - Chad and Sudan agree to put an end to their dispute at a meeting in Libya.
April 13 - Chad government forces fight off attack by rebels on the capital N'Djamena. Several hundred people killed. Deby breaks diplomatic relations with Sudan the next day.
Aug 8 - Chadian President Idriss Deby and Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir agree to restore ties.
Feb 1, 2007 - Rebels fighting to overthrow Deby launch an attack on Adre, before being beaten back.
Feb 22 - At a conference in Libya, leaders of Sudan and Chad pledge to redouble efforts to end border violence.
May 3 - Sudan and Chad sign a Saudi-brokered reconciliation deal in Riyadh.
Oct 25 - Chad and four Sudan-based Chadian rebel groups sign a "definitive peace accord" in Libya. At least two groups later abandoned the accord.
Feb 3, 2008 - Deby beats back rebels who got as far as the presidential palace. Former colonial power France rallies behind Deby. Over 700 people were killed in the attack.
March 13 - Sudanese and Chadian leaders sign non-aggression deal in Senegal however Chadian rebels dismiss the peace pact the next day.
May 10 - Rebels make a lightning advance from the western Darfur region to attack Khartoum. Around 200 people were killed in the attack.
May 11 - Sudan accuses Chad of backing the rebels and cuts diplomatic relations. Chad denies involvement. The next day Chad shuts the border with Sudan.
June 12 - Chadian rebels say they have launched a new offensive in eastern Chad.
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