Monday 9 March 2015

Niger And Chad Launch Offensive Against Boko Haram

Although Boko Haram has been using the ISIS flag for a while, as in the picture below from October 2014, their official statement of allegiance to ISIS has been followed up with attacks from Niger and Chad who have launched air and ground strikes against the Jihadists. This is promising as it shows an alliance that may be forming against Islamic imperialism in Africa and could prevent another tragedy such as in Darfur:

Picture from BBC article here
Niamey (AFP) - Niger and Chad on Sunday launched major ground and air strikes in northeast Nigeria against Boko Haram, after the militants formally pledged allegiance to the Islamic state group in Syria and Iraq. 
The attacks, which follow a sustained build-up of troops in southern Niger, opens up a new front in regional efforts to wipe out the Islamist group, whose six-year insurgency has spread across borders. 
"Very early this morning, troops from Niger and Chad began an offensive against Boko Haram... in the area of Bosso and near to Diffa," a Niger government source in Niamey told AFP on condition of anonymity. 
More than 200 vehicles, some of them with machine guns, as well as tanks, ambulances, water tankers and transport trucks, were seen moving towards the border, radio station Anfani, based in Diffa, said. 
Aircraft targeted Boko Haram positions on Saturday and early Sunday, it added, while a Diffa resident and aid worker said troops were seen heading to the border and heavy gunfire was heard. Read the rest.....

Good luck to Chad and Niger!

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