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    Default Join us or die: the birth of Boko Haram

    A "long read" article, adapted from a forthcoming book; sub-titled:
    How the tattered remnants of an Islamist sect transformed into a relentless terrorist army that Nigeria cannot defeat
    Link:http://www.theguardian.com/world/201...-of-boko-haram
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    Default Small ally helps much bigger neighbour

    Several news agency reports, presumably based on an official press release by the Cameroon, that a town, Goshi in northern Nigeria, was re-taken by Cameroon's special forces, with:
    162 Boko Haram militants were killed over the weekend when its soldiers retook Nigeria’s northeastern town of Goshi from the militants. Reports also say that about 100 other people held by the militants, including Cameroonians and Nigerians, were freed by the country’s special forces....It took place under the banner of the multinational task force, and with intelligence and operational coordination with Nigerian forces..
    Link:http://cctv-africa.com/2016/02/17/ca...-100-captives/

    What is startling is how far Goshi is inside Nigeria, 162 miles from Kano and 164 miles from Maiduguri.
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    Default The Nature of Nigeria’s Boko Haram War, 2010-2015: A Strategic Analysis

    A Nigerian academic's paper via Perspectives on Terrorism, only given a quick glance so far. The Abstract:
    The activities of Boko Haram in the North-Eastern part of Nigeria have highlighted the need for more effective counter-strategies. Nigeria’s difficulties in defeating Boko Haram has security ramifications that go beyond its borders, especially for West Africa. Much has been written about the origins of Boko Haram. However, thus far there has been little analysis of the nature of the conflict between Nigeria and Boko Haram. It is this lacuna that this article seeks to address by applying the concepts of hybrid war, compound war, fourth generation warfare and unrestriced warfare to the confrontation between the state and its Islamist challenger
    Link: http://www.terrorismanalysts.com/pt/...e/view/488/963
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    Thomas Fessey, BBC World Service, has a written report and a short film report on Boko Haram activity in Chad:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-35882396 and http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-35898319

    An earlier report from Nigeria by a BBC colleague:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-35864054
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    Default The Boko Haram Insurgency: Applying the FID Model?

    The Boko Haram Insurgency: Applying the FID Model?

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    The Defence authorities have said that not less than 800 members of the dreaded Boko Haram sect had surrendered to the military in the last three weeks.

    The Acting Director, Defence Information, Brig. Gen. Rabe Abubakar, confirmed on Wednesday that 800 of the insurgents surrendered to the troops of the Nigerian Army in the last three weeks.
    https://www.today.ng/news/national/1...-surrender-dhq
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    Default #BringBackOurGirls: reflections

    Hat tip to WoTR for this article on the abduction of hundreds of Christian schoolgirls from a school in NE Nigeria, now two years ago. A crime that led to a Twitter and more campaign that appears to have had no impact.

    Link:http://warontherocks.com/2016/04/bri...at-do-we-know/
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    Default Paying insurgents to stop, what happens when Nigeria stopped

    Nigeria's other insurgency, in the oil-rich Delta Province, has started again; as if Nigeria hasn't got problems already.

    I'd only recently read, in Virginia Comolli's book about the payouts:
    Militants blew up strategic gas and crude pipelines belonging to Shell and Agip on Saturday in an increasingly fierce campaign that has chopped Nigeria's oil production in half, militants and residents said....The militants are also angry that the government is winding down a 2009 amnesty program that had paid 30,000 militants to guard installations they once attacked.
    Link with some more detail:http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016...-up-pipelines/

    The BBC has a bit more, notably this:
    ...in the latest budget, President Muhammadu Buhari reduced funding for it by 70%, and has spoken of phasing it out entirely by 2018.
    Link:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-36414036

    There is a main thread on Nigeria (excluding Boko Haram) and this thread maybe merged there:http://council.smallwarsjournal.com/...ad.php?t=19394
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    Some once more the regional "Prussians" are in their "technicals" and riding to the rescue of Niger, after a Boko Haram attack on a border town. Apparently all part of a regional coalition offensive, for more see:http://www.iphone.afp.com/afpv3/AFP_....doc.bo6sv.htm

    The regional "Prussians" are the Chadian army and a little insight into Chad's role in a BBC Profile:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-13164688 and http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-13164686
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    Nigeria’s Tiny, Low-Tech Alpha Jets Have Flown in Brutal Wars Across Africa

    Now the former training jets are blasting Boko Haram

    Nigerian air force Group Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa, highlights the role of air power in the struggle against the brutal Boko Haram insurgency in northern Nigeria.

    In addition to the Alpha Jets, Hind attack helicopters and F-7 fighters — Chinese-built copies of the MiG-21 — have taken part in the air campaign. But the Alpha Jets, taken out of near-retirement five years ago, also played in important — and at times controversial — role supporting Nigerian peacekeeping troops in Liberia and Sierra Leone during the 1990s.

    This is the story of how a diminutive jet trainer made its mark on West Africa.
    https://warisboring.com/nigerias-tin...844#.um0aj594o
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    Default Nigeria to resume payments to oil militants in Niger Delta

    An update on Post 233 from the BBC:
    Mr Kiyaramo later told the BBC that a "hiccup" meant to money would be paid by Tuesday night."We expect the amnesty to be paid tonight to 30,000 youths involved in the amnesty programme. The Central Bank has released the money," he said.
    Under the amnesty deal, each militant is entitled to 65,000 naira ($203; £153) a month and job training.
    Link:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-36953269
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    Default Countering the Boko Haram Group in Nigeria: The Relevance of Hybrid Doctrine

    Countering the Boko Haram Group in Nigeria: The Relevance of Hybrid Doctrine

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    Default Isis tries to impose new leader on Boko Haram in Nigeria

    A somewhat strange report, especially when it says:
    According to some analysts, Isis rejected Shekau because of Boko Haram’s deadly attacks on Muslims.
    Link:https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/05/isis-tries-to-impose-new-leader-on-boko-haram-in-nigeria?

    Tell that to the people of Iraq and Syria, let alone anywhere else.

    As we know history shows terrorist groups often split and consume themselves fighting each other - perhaps the Nigerian state has a "hidden hand" in this, though I doubt that.
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    Default The 10,000 Kidnapped Boys of Boko Haram

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    Default King Jaja we need you

    King Jaja, our only declared Nigerian member hasn't posted for a long time, but I miss his on the ground perspective.

    Hat tip to WoTR for this article by a John Hopkins University researcher, which is full of figures, plus three charts:http://warontherocks.com/2016/09/cha...rapid-decline/
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    YOLA/BAUCHI, Nigeria — Suicide bombers killed at least six people and injured 14 in a crowded market in the northeastern Nigerian town of Madagali on Friday, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said.
    A police spokesman had earlier said 15 were killed, and did not identify any suspects.
    Suicide bombings are common in Nigeria's northeast, the center of a bloody campaign by jihadist group Boko Haram to create an Islamic state. Madagali was also hit last month, when schoolgirl suicide bombers killed as many as 56 people in a coordinated attack on a market.
    http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/...cid=spartandhp
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    Default Who will protect Nigeria’s northern Christians?

    Missed this article; with a sub-title 'Every week, there are more massacres, but nobody seems to mind — not even their own government'
    Link:http://www.spectator.co.uk/2017/02/w...rn-christians/

    IIRC KIng Jaja referred to this inter-communal conflict sometime ago, as the land used pastoralist Christians are attacked by Muslim herdsmen.
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    Default The War Has Just Begun: Boko Haram and the Coming Diffusion of Terror in Nigeria

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    Default Nigeria: watching and debating its future

    The War Has Just Begun: Boko Haram and the Coming Diffusion of Terror in Nigeria

    Moderator adds: Copied here from SWJ Blog, not only for the subject - the article is by a Nigerian on Nigeria who lives there.
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    Default Uprooted by War, Threatened by Boko Haram and Desperate to Go Home

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