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Old 06-11-2016   #241
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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

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

A somewhat strange report, especially when it says:
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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 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.
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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 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 A book for the background, not the reality today

Hat tip to WoTR for this book review of Alexander Thurston's 'Boko Haram: The History of an African Jihadist Movement' by a US SOF officer who has served recently in Nigeria.
Link:https://warontherocks.com/2017/12/fr...th-boko-haram/

Link to the book itself, ls has no reviews:https://www.amazon.com/Boko-Haram-Ji.../dp/0691172242

The NYT reports a certain downside:https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/08/w...rces-rape.html
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Default Boko Haram and AQ

An article from CTC's Sentinel and the Abstract says:
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Ever since Boko Haram’s leader Abubakar Shekau pledged allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in March 2015, the group has been seen as firmly in the Islamic State fold. But as both the Islamic State and Boko Haram weaken, al-Qa`ida, which has a history of cooperation with jihadis in Nigeria, including factions within Boko Haram, may be making a takeover bid.
Link:https://ctc.usma.edu/posts/a-jihadi-...m-and-al-qaida
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Default Five Myths about Boko Haram

A short article lby Alex Thurston, a Visiting Assistant Professor of African Studies at Georgetown University, whose book was published in late 2017, 'Boko Haram: The History of an African Jihadist Movement'.

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Nigeria is one of the most complicated countries in the world. Any resolution to the Boko Haram conflict will require a good deal of experimentation, trial and error, and even luck. It may also take quite a long time.
Link:http://www.lawfareblog.com/five-myths-about-boko-haram
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