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"Suspected Boko Haram militants have launched an attack on a village near the north-eastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri, killing about 45 people.

The attackers told villagers they had come to preach before firing on a crowd that gathered, survivors told the BBC."

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Is BH trying to **** of the locals or did these locals suport the goverment. BH seems to attack a viliage a day.
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The most common translation I see for Boko Haram is, "West(ern) [ideas are] Forbidden."
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Really? Sounds more like "Phony Harem" to me.

That's what is should be, anyhow.

So, let me guess, halfway through June and still no sign of the Girls, eh?

Africa just sucks.
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The girls are gone. Been to long by this time BH could have split them up and sold them.
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The most common translation I see for Boko Haram is, "West(ern) [ideas are] Forbidden."

They're aiming for something an 11th century society with AK's.
11th Century Arab or Muslim dominated regions were models of liberalism compared to BH or any of the other Wahabist inspired Islamic groups since the 17th Century. They wish to make real to some sort of fantasy of a mythical golden age. Fact is were their leaders transported to 11th Century Bagdah, or Mecca ect... they would be as disappointed as now.
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The girls are gone. Been to long by this time BH could have split them up and sold them.
Anyone else heard rumors that few of the families ransomed their children back?
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Anyone else heard rumors that few of the families ransomed their children back?
Hearing nothing at all, just nothing.
Looks like our media assumed we were bored or something and .... damn I hate those people.

But, just how big is the salve market in Africa, that 200 girls could just go vanish into it like that?
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Fair points. In point of fact, this is a flaw identifiable across a number of Islamist militant groups. Sharia and intolerance won't increase food production or change the location of the world's natural resources.
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BUJA: Nigeria is studying the military tactics used by Sri Lanka to crush the rebel Tamil Tigers for its own battle against Islamist group Boko Haram, the defense ministry said, after holding talks with officials from the island nation.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/w...w/36601211.cms

The UK will increase its military and educational aid to help Nigeria tackle Boko Haram, Foreign Secretary William Hague has announced.

He said Nigeria's army would receive extra training, especially in counter-insurgency tactics, while a million more children would be given schooling.

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Not sure the Sri Lankan experience will be helpful here. The terrain in North and East Nigeria would seem to favor the insurgents and preclude the possibility of cutting them off from their sources of supply.
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The federal government’s Soft Approach to combating insurgency and acts of terror, despite coming five years after the emergence of Boko Haram, must be framed from the perspective of a poverty reduction strategy that seeks to address issues of poverty, inequality, and unemployment as key factors that could lead to acts of insurgency and terror.

There is a strong conviction among Nigerians and the international community that good governance and political will on the part of policy makers is needed to be able to realize human security and development in the country. It also requires a regional response, given the cross-border nature of insurgency and terror, as evident in the international links between Boko Haram, Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, and other criminal networks beyond the shores of Nigeria.
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If this were a new problem and a new group with no history, a soft approach might well work given time. However the government has a well deserved reputation for corruption and ineffectiveness it will have to live down before people in the threatened areas will be willing to risk their lives and loved ones given the very real threat and demonstrated capabilities of Boko Haram.

A long term solution can't be delivered without soft power. In the short term that likely will not be enough.

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The question is how capable is the Nigerian Army of delivering that kind of 'hard' and pro-active response over an extended period. It looks like there will be a lengthy period of retraining needed for large numbers of troops if it is to be done effectively.

Though Boko Haram's actions are turning more and more people against it, so that is one good spot in all of this. Though a clumsy and heavy handed (and ineffective) military response could always alienate people. As has their lack of response already.
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At least 21 people have been killed in an explosion that ripped through a viewing centre showing World Cup football in northern Nigeria, according to a medical source.

The blast took place in the Nayi-Nama area of Damaturu on Tuesday night. "We received 21 dead bodies and 27 injured victims," said a source at the Sani Abacha specialist hospital."

"http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/18/nigeria-world-cup-bomb-boko-haram

"Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan claimed in May that Boko Haram was "an al-Qaeda operation". The extent to which this is technically true depends on how broadly we define the al-Qaeda network - and it should be noted that Ayman al-Zawahiri has never even publicly referred to Boko Haram - but their ties to al-Qaeda and its affiliates are now so numerous that they are impossible to ignore. "

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