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Did Nigeria have four-hour warning prior to Boko Haram abduction?
Hotair ^ | 05/09/2014 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 05/09/2014 1:27:19 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

Did Nigeria’s military fail to act prior to the abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls last month? That claim comes from an investigation by Amnesty International, in which they assert that a regional military headquarters simply failed to mobilize in time to prevent the terrorist attack:

“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.

A half-dozen American military advisers arrived in Nigeria today to bolster those capabilities, at least in theory. They will join other US and British officials in attempted to track and find the hostages, but that won’t include American boots on the ground:

The advisers will join a team of U.S. and British officials already in Nigeria, helping find the girls, planning rescue efforts and devising strategies to help subdue the terror group Boko Haram, which abducted the girls April 14 from a government boarding school.

About 60 U.S. officials have been on the ground since before the kidnappings as part of counterterrorism efforts with Nigeria, a senior U.S. administration official told CNN. They have been holding meetings, getting resources into the country and making assessments with local authorities.

“Our interagency team is hitting the ground in Nigeria now, and they are going to be working … with President Goodluck Jonathan’s government to do everything that we possibly can to return these girls,” Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday.

Their tasks include establishing a coordination cell to provide intelligence, investigations and hostage negotiation expertise.

There are no plans to send American combat troops, according to U.S. Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby, who serves as Pentagon press secretary.

That’s a cautious but probably wise choice, under the circumstances of the wider security issues in the region for the US and NATO. However, it won’t solve the problem of the lack of Nigerian forces or power to deal with Boko Haram on the ground. It raises the question again about why the US didn’t take steps earlier to list Boko Haram as a foreign terrorist organization (FTO) despite years of requests from the military — specifically AFRICOM — the CIA, and the FBI and Department of Justice.

Yesterday, the Weekly Standard’s Jeryl Bier revealed that the same question was being asked within the State Department nearly two years ago, at the embassy in Lagos:

On September 20, 2012, then Bureau of African Affairs Assistant Secretary Johnnie Carson appeared on a State Department “Live at State” webchat regarding “U.S. Policy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa.” Questions from journalists and other individuals via webchat were posed to Carson by the host, Holly Jensen. At one point, a question was asked by the “U.S. Consulate in Lagos [Nigeria]“:

MS. JENSEN: The U.S. Consulate in Lagos wants to know: Why is the government reluctant to designate the Boko Haram sect as a foreign terrorist organization?

AMBASSADOR CARSON: Thank you very much. We look at the issue of Boko Haram as a major concern not only to Nigeria but also to Nigeria’s neighbors and Niger and Cameroon and Benin as well. Boko Haram, we believe, is not a homogenous, monolithic organization, but it is comprised of several different kinds of groups.

Carson went on to note that while the organization itself was not designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization, three individuals within Boko Haram were designated as Specially Designated Global Terrorists in June 2012:

We have, indeed, recently designated three individuals in Boko Haram as individuals who are involved in terrorism, and we have done so because we believe those three individuals have established contacts with foreign terrorist organizations, have gone out and sought to get financing from foreign terrorist organizations, and have tried to establish broader networks and relationships with them.

Bear in mind that this question came after a long string of terrorist attacks in Nigeria, many of them aimed specifically at the Christians within the country. Had we listed them as an FTO in 2011 when nearly every sector of the American national-security community demanded it, the financial and intelligence operations enabled by that step may have helped reduce Boko Haram’s capabilities by now … or maybe not. We will never know, though, and now the entire international community has to play catch-up. That sounds a little like the accusation coming from Amnesty International against Nigeria today.

TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: abduction; bokoharam; nigeria

1 posted on 05/09/2014 1:27:19 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

“due to poor resources and a reported fear of engaging with the often better-equipped”

Can’t blame them for not wanting to go into combat under manned and poorly equipped.

2 posted on 05/09/2014 1:45:37 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Good way to end up dead.

3 posted on 05/09/2014 2:01:22 PM PDT by Pikachu_Dad (Impeach Sen Quinn)
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To: Pikachu_Dad

Sounds like Bengazi.

4 posted on 05/09/2014 2:02:15 PM PDT by DIRTYSECRET (urope. Why do they put up with this.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants
But the US also had 4 hours to respond.

So when this Boko Haram group sought support from foreign terrorist organizations, is that when you came into contact with them, sir ?

5 posted on 05/09/2014 2:11:02 PM PDT by justa-hairyape (The user name is sarcastic. Although at times it may not appear that way.)
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To: SeekAndFind

was there just one abduction of 200 or many smaller

6 posted on 05/09/2014 2:12:52 PM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: SeekAndFind
Nigeria is now a Godless territory where barbarism with modern weaponry has now taken over. I don't believe for one second the claim that they are now ruled by Islamic extremists, since I've never seen any evidence of their public worship in either a mosque or a cesspool.

Nigeria is now hell on earth just as Rwanda was back in the '90's.

7 posted on 05/09/2014 2:32:38 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Under Reagan spring always arrived on time.....)
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To: SeekAndFind

The reason Hillary’s State Department would not designate them as a terrorist group was that this terrorist group was being funded by wealthy liberal friends. Funding of terrorist groups is illegal with big penalties. The last “or” below could still possibly get them.

18 U.S. Code § 2339B
“(1) Unlawful conduct.— Whoever knowingly provides material support or resources to a foreign terrorist organization, or attempts or conspires to do so, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 15 years, or both, and, if the death of any person results, shall be imprisoned for any term of years or for life. To violate this paragraph, a person must have knowledge that the organization is a designated terrorist organization (as defined in subsection (g)(6)), that the organization has engaged or engages in terrorist activity (as defined in section 212(a)(3)(B) of the Immigration and Nationality Act), or that the organization has engaged or engages in terrorism (as defined in section 140(d)(2) of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 1988 and 1989). “

8 posted on 05/09/2014 2:57:26 PM PDT by Revolutionary ("Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition!")
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RE: The reason Hillary’s State Department would not designate them as a terrorist group was that this terrorist group was being funded by wealthy liberal friends

What are these wealthy liberal friends doing FUNDING Boko Haram? Who are these “friends” anyway?

9 posted on 05/09/2014 3:00:14 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (If at first you don't succeed, put it out for beta test.)
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