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Post  polka23dot Thu Jan 03, 2013 2:18 pm

Nigerian Muslims: We wish you a bloody Christmas and a violent New Year: http://www.strategypage.com/qnd/nigeria/articles/20130102.aspx

Having been chased out of its urban and suburban bases in the northeast, several hundred surviving Boko Haram members have set up operations in the mountain forests along the Cameroon border. This has included raiding villages in the thinly populated region, stealing cattle and anything else they could use. When they encountered Christian churches they burned them down and killed any clergy they found. source: http://www.strategypage.com/qnd/nigeria/articles/20130619.aspx

A government investigation into Boko Haram has concluded that about 8o percent of the members are from the Kanuri tribe. This ethnic group contains about four million people, with three million living in northeastern Nigeria and the rest in Chad, Niger and Cameroon. source: http://www.strategypage.com/qnd/nigeria/articles/20130628.aspx

Unable to hit well defended military and government targets, Boko Haram has recently concentrated on schools. In the last month nearly fifty teachers and students have been killed and several schools damaged by fire and explosives. This is not the first time Boko Haram has gone after schools. Last year they burned down several. But those were night attacks that caused few casualties. Now they are going after students and teachers and killing them. Boko Haram literally means “Western education is forbidden” but most Boko Haram members direct their violence against non-Moslems and government officials. source: http://www.strategypage.com/qnd/nigeria/articles/20130709.aspx

Boko Haram kills children again: http://news.yahoo.com/insight-nigeria-islamists-hit-schools-destroy-western-ideas-084724395.html

As Boko Haram was driven from areas they had dominated for years a lot of bad behavior was revealed. These were places where police did not patrol, either because it was one of the many out-of-the-way areas not easy to get to or neighborhoods the police avoid because the locals are hostile and too much trouble. In these suburban neighborhoods and villages all who opposed Boko Haram were killed or forced to flee. With only a pro-Boko Haram population in the area, Boko Haram set up base areas and when soldiers moved in their found that the Islamic terrorists murdered hundreds in order to compel obedience. Some of the victims were people who had been kidnapped for ransom but the family could not raise the money demanded. Boko Haram simply murdered the hostages (often women and children) and buried the bodies in common graves. Boko Haram was particularly harsh against non-Moslems, including kidnapping teenage girls and forcing them to convert to Islam. The girls were held captive in the homes of Moslem clerics during this process and soldiers freed several of these girls during their house searches. source: http://www.strategypage.com/qnd/nigeria/articles/20130725.aspx

While most Moslems in the north have turned against Boko Haram, because of the large number of civilians being killed by the terrorists, the idea of armed uprising to “defend Islam” still appeals to many men. It’s mostly young men, but even some older married men are attracted to the terror group. The government has been corrupt and inefficient for over half a century and that shows no sign of changing. Most of the local officials are just as corrupt, but are still seeking to make deals with Boko Haram to protect themselves, their families and their stolen fortunes. source: http://www.strategypage.com/qnd/nigeria/articles/20131030.aspx

Interrogations of captured Boko Haram have revealed that the Islamic terrorists are continuing to operate in part because they practice what they preach; much less corruption and more efficient administration. Compared with many soldiers and police Boko Haram gunmen are better paid and paid on time. Boko Haram leaders make sure their gunmen are fed regularly and see to it that the families (especially widows) are paid death benefits and great efforts are made to care for the wounded and remove the dead from the battlefield so the army can’t identify Boko Haram men and go after family. Even worse, all these resources (cash and weapons) appear to come from Nigeria, not foreign sources. The Islamic terrorists mostly use weapons captured from the security forces and obtain cash via kidnapping, robbery and plunder. The preferred targets are Christians and anyone working for the government. In contrast soldiers and police often find themselves getting paid late, or not at all. Army and police commanders still steal pay and sell off weapons and supplies meant for their subordinates. Such officers tend to be poor leaders all around and the soldiers and police they are in charge of have low morale and poor performance. As a result checkpoints are often abandoned at the least sign of danger and many soldiers and police are intimidated by Boko Haram. Boko Haram propaganda puts it quite accurately when corruption and bad government are accused of being the two things most wrong about Nigeria. Until the government can scrounge up some army and police commanders who are honest and competent the security forces are going to continue to fail in their attempts to eliminate the Boko Haram terror. So far this year the Boko Haram attacks have left over 300 dead. The Boko Haram violence began in 2010 and since then over 1,600 have died. source: http://www.strategypage.com/qnd/nigeria/articles/20140307.aspx

The Vice chairman of the Nigerian Union of Teachers, NUT, in Borno State, Comrade Bako Mohammed has said that over 173 teachers have been killed so far by the Boko Haram insurgents. source: http://dailypost.ng/2014/05/22/boko-haram-kills-173-teachers-borno/

So far this year Boko Haram has made about a hundred attacks and killed over 2,500 people, most of them unarmed civilians. As long as Boko Haram can escape the security forces by crossing the border the security forces will not be able to deal with the constant raids. The Boko Haram violence actually has a goal, and that is to terrorize civilians, officials and security forces in the region sufficiently so that no one will oppose whatever the Islamic terrorists want to do... Corruption and incompetence have been the only constants in Nigerian politics since independence was achieved in the 1960s... Just across the border the six million people of northern Cameroon are also suffering an economic and foreign aid disaster because of Boko Haram... Until the governments on both sides of the borders can get sufficient security forces into the area, coordinate their operations and deal with the Islamic terrorists, the situation will continue to get worse. This is fine with Boko Haram, whose strategy involves destroying all Western influences and then building a new authentically (7th century) Islamic society out of the wreckage. Most people in the area want no part of this, but when the proponents of this catastrophic policy are homicidal maniacs, effective resistance is useless. source: http://www.strategypage.com/qnd/nigeria/articles/20140725.aspx

American intelligence agencies believe Boko Haram now has over 4,000 veteran members who supervise several thousand more new recruits and slaves. Captured teenage boys are offered an opportunity to fight, or be executed immediately (or whenever they disobey). The girls are used for sex and work around the camps. The terror, looting and slavery is all justified and encouraged by the Boko Haram interpretation of Islamic scripture. Boko Haram uses the Taliban and ISIL (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant) as models. Current Boko Haram tactics are right out of the ISIL playbook. Thus Boko Haram was responsible for over 10,000 deaths in Nigeria and adjacent countries in 2014. Boko Haram did so much damage because the Nigerian security forces were unable to cope. The corruption in Nigeria... wrecked the armed forces... United States... refused to sell weapons to Nigeria unless some real efforts were carried out to deal with the military corruption and incompetence... Boko Haram doesn’t just get its ideology from other Islamic terrorist groups but also practical advise on how to deal with armed helicopters and low flying bombers (machine-guns, especially larger caliber ones,  can be very effective). This has led to several helicopters and jets being lost and forced warplanes to fly higher (and less effectively if bombing) or to not use armed helicopters at all if Boko Haram has organized effective ground fire. source: http://www.strategypage.com/qnd/nigeria/articles/20150209.aspx

Three female suicide bombers, yesterday, attacked Madagali Market in Nigeria, killing themselves and one person, with several others injured... One of the three female suicide bombers died with a baby strapped on her back. source: http://guardian.ng/news/baby-strapped-mother-among-madagali-suicide-bombers/

In what the Christian Association of Nigeria is calling a "pure genocide," 238 more Christians were killed and churches desecrated by Muslims last week in the west African nation. This brings the death toll of Christians to more than 6,000 since the start of 2018. According to a joint statement by the Christian Association, an umbrella group of various Christian denominations, "There is no doubt that the sole purpose of these attacks is aimed at ethnic cleansing, land grabbing and forceful ejection of the Christian natives from their ancestral land and heritage." The statement condemned the recent attacks, "where over 200 persons were brutally killed and our churches destroyed without any intervention from security agencies in spite of several distress calls made to them." source: https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/12645/

In central Nigeria (Plateau State) Moslem Fulani raiders are still seen as the primary cause of the continuing violence between Fulani and local tribes that rely on farming. In the last week over a hundred people died because of this violence and most of the victims were Christian farmers. This is part of another spike in this violence. It got going in March when Fulani raiders killed about 25 Christian villagers during a few days of violence that were accompanied by considerable property damage. By the end of March over fifty were dead. Despite growing pressure from the Christian community to recognize the escalating (since 2010) threat in central Nigeria (mainly Plateau, Jos, Kaduna, Benue and Nassarawa states) from the Moslem Fulani herders moving south the violence persists. While these attacks often trigger reprisals by local militias the Fulani are seen as the source of constant tension and violence. Most of the victims of the Fulani violence are Christian. This has been going on for a while. There were over 800 Christians killed in 2016 and far fewer Fulani. The violence declined a bit in 2017 but was not eliminated. To make matters worse the raiders have also been attacking soldiers or police who intervene to protect the farmers. Attempts to negotiate peace deals with the Fulani generally fail... In central Nigeria some of the murders were apparently carried out by gangs working for politicians, in an effort to make incumbents look bad. This sort of thing is fairly common in Nigeria, where many local politicians have links to criminal gangs that use force and intimidation during election campaigns and the actual voting... To further complicate matters the current president (Muhammadu Buhari) is a Moslem, a retired general and a Fulani... A recent international survey showed that Nigeria continues to suffer terrorism losses of nearly half a billion dollars a year. source: http://www.strategypage.com/qnd/nigeria/articles/20180627.aspx

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