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    US to Help Rescue Kidnapped Nigerian Girls

    US to Help Rescue Kidnapped Nigerian Girls
    May 06, 2014

    ABUJA, NIGERIA — U.S. intelligence officials will head to Nigeria to help with the search for 276 schoolgirls abducted last month by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram, Secretary of State John Kerry announced Tuesday. Kerry, who discussed the coordinated approach with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan by phone Tuesday, said the two countries would move immediately to establish a task force at the U.S. embassy in the capital city to provide more expertise on intelligence, investigations and hostage negotiations, as well as information sharing and victim assistance. "We remain deeply concerned about the welfare of these young girls and we want to provide whatever assistance is possible in order to help for their safe return to their families," Kerry said at a news conference at the State Department in Washington. He was joined by European Union foreign policy chief Cathy Ashton, with whom he’d met earlier in the day. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the team heading to the U.S. embassy in Nigeria's capital city would include U.S. military personnel and law enforcement officials trained in investigations and hostage negotiations.

    The announcement follows widespread condemnation and anger inside Nigeria and abroad that Jonathan's government has not done enough to rescue the girls, who were kidnapped April 14 from a secondary school. Asked why the United States did not move more quickly to aid in the search, Kerry said the administration had been engaged from the beginning. He implied that it met some initial resistance from the Jonathan government. "You can offer and talk, but you can't 'do' if a government has its own sense of how it's proceeding," Kerry said. "I think now the complications that have arisen have convinced everybody that there needs to be a greater effort. And it will begin immediately."

    Meanwhile, suspected Boko Haram gunmen kidnapped eight more girls between the ages of 12 and 15 from a village near one of their strongholds in northeastern Nigeria overnight, police and residents said earlier Tuesday. Lazarus Musa, a resident of the village of Warabe, told Reuters that armed men had opened fire during the raid. "They were many, and all of them carried guns. They came in two vehicles painted in army color. They started shooting in our village," Musa said by telephone from the village in the hilly Gwoza area, Boko Haram's main base. A police source, who could not be named, said the girls were taken away on trucks, along with looted livestock and food.

    On Monday, Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau threatened in a video released to the media to sell the abducted girls “on the market.”
    Source: VOA

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    what frustrates me is that the US offered support 3 weeks ago - ie as soon as it happened. 3 weeks later the nigerians realise that they are out of their depth and decide to go wide. even if this group was actively tracked for the last 3 weeks it would be a difficult job, 3 weeks on its a whole lot harder

    disgraceful on their part

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    My question is, how is this guy still alive? He's clearly batshit crazy and taking drugs. How does he command an armed group, battle the government and survive with his deranged and drug addled mental state?

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    From what I understand, Boko Haram in the local lingo means 'Western education is sinful'.

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    That's correct. They are Salafist Sunni by theology, but in reality are more like a cult made up of malcontents, anti-colonialists and ethnic groups that have been marginalized by the govt. They attack other Muslims as well as non-muslims, are supported by AQIM, and have taken money and weapons from Iran. There is also another Islamist group in the country, Hurras, or Islamic Movement in Nigeria that is more directly supported by Iran's Revolutionary Guards and Hezbollah. This group is Shia and apparently better organized than Boko Haram.
    They probably represent more of a long term threat to the Nigerian Govt as they are working on shadow institutions and have media outlets and have infiltrated the Govt security apparatus.
    The nation of Nigeria has the 10th largest proven oil reserves in the world and the largest population in Africa. It would be a disaster if it collapsed and became an extremist Islamist country.
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    Personally I think the US team is on a hiding to nothing without expert military assistance and authority to hunt and kill not just in Nigeria but Cameroon and Niger as well
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    The girls are of course long gone to the Arab slave markets
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    What they need is to bring in aircraft or UAVs with foliage busting LIDAR and other surveillance equipment. Then you can figure out where those aholes are hiding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by citanon View Post
    What they need is to bring in aircraft or UAVs with foliage busting LIDAR and other surveillance equipment. Then you can figure out where those aholes are hiding.
    if they have distributed those girls into Somalia and Chad (which is one of the claims already), then its nigh on impossible

    basically the delayed actions of the Nigerian Govt have turned this into kill or capture (of the T's) - not a rescue.

    the Nigerians have made an absolute hash if it - whereas if they'd accepted the US assistance made on day 1 or at least within 48hrs of the offers to assist then the chances of a meaningful rescue would have been far greater

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    Apparently, the First Lady of Nigeria doubts that any girls were abducted and considers the demonstrators against the government (for its shoddy response) to be Islamists bent on embarrassing the government. She even ordered some of them arrested. wtf?

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    and then in another 3 weeks time President Goodluck will wonder why people rise up and try and remove the govt.

    an african marie antoinette analogy in the making.....

    another point to remember is that US and UK assistance is not about sending in a BFI solution - that's still a sovereign rights issue which requires the Nigerians to give their blessing, so they're helping with their hands tied behind their backs
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    For the wealthiest economy in africa, it says a lot about priority spending on protecting its people

    Nigeria's military had advanced warning of the April 14 attack by Boko Haram that led to the kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls but failed to take immediate action, Amnesty International said Friday.

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    LAGOS: Nigeria's military had advanced warning of the April 14 attack by Boko Haram that led to the kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls but failed to take immediate action, Amnesty International said Friday.

    "Damning testimonies gathered by Amnesty International reveal that Nigerian security forces failed to act on advance warnings about Boko Haram's armed raid on the state-run boarding school in Chibok which led to the abduction," the rights group said.

    Amnesty said it had verified the information about the abduction with "credible sources".

    "Amnesty International has confirmed... that Nigeria's military headquarters in Maiduguri was aware of the impending attack soon after 7:00 PM (1800 GMT) on 14 April, close to four hours before Boko Haram began their assault on the town," the group said.

    The military however could not assemble the troops needed to suppress the attack, "due to poor resources and a reported fear of engaging with the often better-equipped" Islamists, according to Amnesty.

    The 17 army personnel based in Chibok were overpowered by the attackers and had to retreat, the London-based group further said.

    "The fact that Nigerian security forces knew about Boko Haram's impending raid, but failed to take the immediate action needed to stop it, will only amplify the national and international outcry at this horrific crime," said Netsanet Belay, Amnesty International's Africa Director for research and advocacy.

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    Any Update on the US Special Operation

    and What about the French Operation ..they are too said we are ready to rescue he Girls

    and The Canadians send Critical hardware Equipments into Nigeria to Search the Kidnapped Girls ..Those Hardware's are Received or not ..?

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