Skip to comments.Boko Haram [Nigeria Islamists] and U.S. plans in Africa
Posted on 01/09/2012 4:11:27 PM PST by Pan_Yan
But the country's oil wealth is in the Christian-dominated south and little has reached the long-neglected north, which has fanned regional resentment.
Boko Haram's growing expertise in terrorist attacks, in which hundreds of people have been killed, has deepened suspicions it has developed links with al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, the jihadists' North African arm.
In November, it was disclosed that the U.S. Army has sent 100 Special Forces soldiers to Nigeria to provide counter-insurgency training for national troops engaged against Boko Haram, the country's largest military deployment since the 1967-70 Biafra war.
This opened up a new front in the U.S. administration's shadow war in Africa, where U.S. Special Forces and the Central Intelligence Agency are engaged in countering jihadist groups in the north and east, particularly Somalia.
On Nov. 30, the U.S. House of Representatives' subcommittee on counter-terrorism and intelligence identified Boko Haram as an "emerging threat" to the United States and its interests and called for greater interaction with Nigerian security forces.
Many counter-terrorism specialists viewed this as an exaggeration, inflating a threat that would help justify administration moves to become involved in combating insurgencies in African states, most of them dictatorial regimes, with Special Forces.
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Bokol Harum! ‘A Blacker Shade of Dark’ is one of my favorite songs. (Sorry, I couldn’t help)
According to the article 'Boko Haram' means 'Western education is a sin'. Fitting name for an Islamic group, but I can't figure out a clever way to tie it in with the song.
...and so it was, that later, as the mullah told his tale...
...that her face was covered mostly, with a whiter shade of veil...