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  • SajeevJino
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    Nigeria 'Committed' To Finding Kidnapped Girls

    Goodluck Jonathan was speaking at an international summit in Paris where Nigeria and its neighbours agreed an action plan to fight the Islamist militant group.French president Francois Hollande said this will involve sharing intelligence, protecting borders, and a quick response in a crisis.Mr Jonathan said Boko Haram was no longer a local threat but has become West Africa's al Qaeda.
    On Friday Barack Obama telephoned Mr Hollande to discuss the summit and the White House said the safe release of all 223 girls was now one of the US's main priorities.The international community has galvanised efforts to find the girls, who were kidnapped on April 14, with Britain, France and US sending specialist teams and equipment.
    Nigeria Kidnappings: Nations Declare War

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  • Doktor
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    There are reports the villagers from 3 villages opposed Boko Haram and killed 200+ of them.

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  • citanon
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    Originally posted by gf0012-aust View Post
    has anyone headcounted that photo?
    According to new sources it was about 150. According to Fox News people suspect the groups have been split into 4 groups.

    New video appears to show kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls praying to Allah | Fox News

    US is sending manned spy planes to help.

    U.S. spy planes join hunt for kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls - CBS News

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  • gf0012-aust
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    has anyone headcounted that photo?

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  • citanon
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    Good news, they are still together in one place.

    Bad news: converted to Muslim in this context probably means raped and forced into marriage. Many of the girls who are not there in that video, are probably "converted".

    Interesting point: why hasn't he sold them as he originally planned? Too difficult to transport or did All Qaeda central's criticism change his plans?

    Either way this gives new impetous to rescue efforts.
    Last edited by citanon; 12 May 14,, 22:00.

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  • Minskaya
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    Newly released Boko Haram video. It can't be embedded so here is the link...

    Boko Haram video claims to show missing Nigerian schoolgirls - YouTube

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  • GVChamp
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    Originally posted by gf0012-aust View Post
    if you can't protect the most vulnerable and innocent in your society then you have abrogated your responsibility as a govt to undertake fundamental obligations - at that point, IMO you should stand aside - otherwise you are just compounding the problem further
    yeah, sounds great in theory, but if Kruschev offered the 20th Guards to help the Little Rock Nine, pretty sure we'd tell him to Sod off.

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    Too little. Too late.

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  • SajeevJino
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    Israel joins search for Nigerian schoolgirls


    Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan spoke to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by telephone and accepted an offer for assistance in finding the girls, who were kidnapped from their school dormitory in the town of Chibok, Borno state, on April 14.

    Jonathan told Netanyahu that “Nigeria would be pleased to have Israel’s globally acknowledged anti-terrorism expertise deployed to support its ongoing operations,” according to the president’s spokesman Reuben Abati.
    Britain, the United States and France have already sent specialist teams and equipment to help Nigeria’s military in the search concentrated in the remote northeast, which has been hit by five years of deadly violence.
    Israel joins search for Nigerian schoolgirls | The Times of Israel


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  • Parihaka
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    Originally posted by Sitting Bull View Post
    Am I alone in wondering why the administration felt it imperative to go all Hollywood and announce to the world and to Boko Haram that "we're coming"?
    You want to catch these guys off their guard, not drive them (and the girls) deeper underground.
    What Hollywood? 18 military personnel, 11 of whom are stationed there permanently anyway, a handful of intelligence experts and negotiators, and Michelle Obama holding a hashtag. That's going Hollywood?

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  • gf0012-aust
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    Originally posted by Sitting Bull View Post
    Am I alone in wondering why the administration felt it imperative to go all Hollywood and announce to the world and to Boko Haram that "we're coming"?
    You want to catch these guys off their guard, not drive them (and the girls) deeper underground.
    well, the offers of assistance to help rescue went in with no fanfare 3 weeks ago - and as usual, some of the more vocal handwringers then tried to imply that the rest of the world was indifferent as they were black, it was nigerias own fault, they had one eye, were martians etc etc.... ) ie they were different and thus of no interest. despite being palpably wrong that nonsense will still have currency in some countries.
    Last edited by gf0012-aust; 12 May 14,, 01:25.

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  • Sitting Bull
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    Am I alone in wondering why the administration felt it imperative to go all Hollywood and announce to the world and to Boko Haram that "we're coming"?
    You want to catch these guys off their guard, not drive them (and the girls) deeper underground.

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  • gf0012-aust
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    Originally posted by SajeevJino View Post
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    I too read somewhere the Nigerians Didn't give the nod to foreign Nations to Take the Assault ..

    Then why do we care about them ..


    humanity suks
    we should care as its 200+ kids, should we care any differently because its 200+ american, UK, chinese, french etc etc... kids?

    and I do believe where countries demonstrate an inability to protect the innocent from events such as these that they should be pressured "beyond reason" to let those who are able to do the job to actually do that job

    hell we've done it in the past when the country doesn't want to lose face. ie they are flagged in public as "leading the activity" - everyone knows that's for local consumption - but they ultimately have to let armed foreigners in.

    if you can't protect the most vulnerable and innocent in your society then you have abrogated your responsibility as a govt to undertake fundamental obligations - at that point, IMO you should stand aside - otherwise you are just compounding the problem further
    Last edited by gf0012-aust; 12 May 14,, 01:27.

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  • SajeevJino
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    I too read somewhere the Nigerians Didn't give the nod to foreign Nations to Take the Assault ..

    Then why do we care about them ..


    humanity suks

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  • gf0012-aust
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    the thing holding this back - even with US, UK, French, Chinese offers of direct assistance is not about the ability to turn things around in a meaningful manner (rescue, then kill or capture) but about all countries wanting to assist being handcuffed by sovereign rights issues - and every day that this is the case makes it so much more difficult

    unfort some of those girls will never be found - its far too late to even turn their rescue options around
    Last edited by gf0012-aust; 11 May 14,, 00:30.

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