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Crisis in Mali: 'Mali-trained militants in Nigeria'
Actualités Afrique ^ | January 18, 2013

Posted on 01/18/2013 8:26:04 PM PST by JerseyanExile

Nigeria has revealed the presence in the country of terrorists trained in Mali, the northern part of which is in the hands of armed Islamist groups who seized it last year.

The influx of the terrorists may have heightened the activities of the Nigerian Islamic sect Boko Haram, which has been more active lately. The sect has killed over 3,000 people in gun and bomb attacks in northern Nigeria since 2009.

Nigeria has started the deployment of over a battalion of troops to Mali to participate in the African-led International Support Mission for Mali (AFISMA), which is battling alongside Malian and French troops to flush the Islamists out of northern Mali.

“Aware of the influx of some chaps trained in Mali into the country...Nigeria will not only be supporting the resolution of the international community, it will be enhancing its own security and that of its immediate neighbours by undertaking this operation,” Nigeria's Army Chief, Lt.-Gen Azubuike Ihejirika, said in the northern city of Kaduna Thursday.

“What we are going into could be described as peace enforcement; that is, to bring peace with the use of force. And as to whether the operations will be conventional or insurgency, the troops should have a mixture of both because of the character of the rebels in the area,” said Gen. Ihejirika, who was in Kaduna to inspect the troops being trained at the Nigerian Army Peacekeeping Centre (NAPKC).

The first batch of 190 soldiers have already been deployed to Mali, while others will be airlifted in phases.

Though defence officials said Nigeria would deploy 900 troops, the Senate Thursday approved the deployment of 1,200 troops as requested by President Goodluck Jonathan, who said they are being sent on a 'limited combat duty'.

In addition to the troops, Nigeria is also deploying Alpha and F7 war planes to Mali.

On Thursday, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) sent an advanced team of 66 officers and men to Mali.

NAF Spokesman Air Commodore Yusuf Anas told journalists Thursday that the officers and men were ferried by the Airforce G222 Transport Aircraft, after they were addressed by the Chief of Air Staff (COAS), Air Marshal Alex Badeh, in the southern city of Port Harcourt where they were airlifted from.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: africa; france; mali; nigeria; waronterror

1 posted on 01/18/2013 8:26:15 PM PST by JerseyanExile
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To: JerseyanExile

Maitatsine Riots...Lord’s Resistance Army.....Boko Haram.....Africa has great names for bands.


2 posted on 01/18/2013 8:40:53 PM PST by Theoria
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To: Theoria

Theoria ~:” Lord’s Resistance Army.....Boko Haram.....Africa has great names for bands. “

I am waiting for Sergt. Peppers Lonlihearts club band , and the Moody Blues..

But they won’t be killing Christians like these korannimals.
I can’t beleive that our government has taken no action regarding this genicide / ethnic cleansing / religious intollerance.
I guess the wounded and maimed must be attending the ‘wrong ‘ church or mosque.


3 posted on 01/18/2013 9:17:55 PM PST by Tilted Irish Kilt (Pay attention - the inmates ARE running the asylum!)
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To: Theoria
Meh... the moslems have been hammering away at Africa for centuries and taking slaves.

They still take slaves today. Slavers should die.

Moslems don't ever manage to take over the dark heart of Africa.

/johnny

4 posted on 01/18/2013 9:21:40 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Fred Nerks; Beckwith

We now see the continuing roll out of the true intent behind Obamas “non invasion” of Libya.

Islamofascism now invests the entire middle tier of African states from Nigeria to Kenya.The seeding has begun. Soon Africa will be awash in the blood of non cultists.


5 posted on 01/19/2013 1:22:11 AM PST by Candor7 (Obama fascism article:(http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html))
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