Skip to comments.Chadian forces retake border town from Boko Haram
Posted on 02/03/2015 3:52:48 PM PST by george76
Chadian forces scored a key victory over Nigeria's Boko Haram on Tuesday, wresting control of the border town of Gamboru within hours of launching a ground offensive against the jihadist group.
Around 2,000 Chadian troops backed by armoured vehicles crossed the border into Gamboru from the Cameroonian town of Fotokol .
The ground intervention by Chad came after the African Union last week backed a regional five-nation, 7,500-strong force to take on the extremists amid growing fears about their threat to regional security.
Nigeria has drawn fierce criticism for failing to hold back the insurgents, who have stepped up their campaign of terror in country's northeast in the run-up to presidential and parliamentary elections on February 14.
Defence spokesman Chris Olukolade denied that the presence of foreign troops on Nigerian soil compromised the country's sovereignty.
Chad's intervention reflects the growing nervousness among Nigeria's neighbours over the prospect of Boko Haram achieving its stated aim of carving out an Islamic caliphate on their borders.
The rebels have tried, in vain, to capture the strategic northeastern Nigerian town of Maiduguri twice in the past week.
On Monday, President Goodluck Jonathan -- who is running for re-election against a former military ruler who has vowed to defeat Boko Haram
France is supporting the operation by carrying out reconnaissance flights over border areas of Chad and Cameroon, both former colonies, defence officials in Paris told AFP.
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Why on earth is France helping out in Africa? They should worry about the muzzies in their own country first.
Why has the Nigerian army been so ineffective against those guys?
Apparently, the corruption and perfumed generals & politicians in Nigeria leaves little money, equipment, and training for the troops?
Second , the Moslems [ pals of the Islamic terrorists ] may have taken many high governmental positions ... sound familiar ?
Good going Chadians.
Why is the USA not helping to exterminate the savages?
He will not even say Islamic terrorists.
Chadians seem to have quite the knack for kicking ass with light, high mobility units. They gave the Libyans a few good drubbings a while back too.
I remember that well.
The deficiency in any strategy is in not having good pursuit after the defeat of the jihadists. Get them breaking and running, and systematically hunt every last one of them down, retrieving all the corpses, and displaying them. Oh no, a violation of the Geneva convention, heavens to betsy.
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