|Yaya Jammeh surrounded by disgruntled troops|
As suspicion spreads within the ranks, soldiers are on edge wondering when the next comrade in arms will be 'fingered' by a rival group within a divided military. The security and intelligence personnel are equally on edge.
The absence of the Commander-In-Chief from the battlefield on the 30 December to the 2nd January didn't only go unnoticed but has confirmed the suspicion of some of Jammeh's cowardice and selfishness.
Yaya Jammeh was in hiding while he sent his entire family to Rabat out of harm's way, leaving the 'loyalists' to repel the attackers. The C-i-C watching (actually hiding) from a safe distance has added to the troops resentment of him. As a source close to the military said "Jammeh's only interest is to how long he can prolong his grip on power, but he knows this is the end of the road for him and his regime."
Jammeh's increasing reliance on mercenaries as part of his personal security detail, driven by his lack of trust of the Gambian military and security structure, has further complicated a delicate security condition, further exposing the fault lines.