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Nigeriaís main militant group threatens attack on Islamic institutions
Xinhua via NZWeek ^ | 15/04/2013 12:39 pm | Thomas Whittle

Posted on 04/14/2013 6:12:48 PM PDT by Pan_Yan

ABUJA, April 14 — Nigeria’s main militant group, the Movement for Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), on Sunday threatened to perpetrate attacks on Islamic institutions in the west African country from next month.

The group, in an electronic message to journalists, said its attacks will be code-named “Operation Barbarossa”, aimed at saving Christianity in Nigeria from annihilation by the Boko Haram sect, which has been attacking churches and media and security outfits since 2009.

MEND said when hostilities against Islamic institutions begin on May 31, it will target mosques, pilgrimage camps, large congregations in Islamic events and assassination of clerics that propagate doctrines of hate.

The group will make bombing one of its main means of attack, according to the statement from its spokesperson Jomo Gbomo.

A ceasefire may be considered in the future for “Operation Barbarossa”, if the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and other credible Christian organizations in the country assure there is a cessation of hostilities targeted at Christians in their places of worship, made privately or publicly by the real Boko Haram leadership, the statement added.

MEND, the largest militant group in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria, gained prominence in 2006 when it began to fight for total control of the Niger Delta’s oil wealth, saying local people had not gained from the riches under the ground and the region’s creeks and swamps.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: bokoharam; deathtoislam; france; islam; johnkerry; kenyanbornmuzzie; lurch; nigerdelta; nigeria; waronterror
Nigeria is a large country with a powerful military (by African standards) and it won't collapse overnight but it is heading that way fast. There's no telling how long the bloated and corrupt government can hold on as Boko Haram (Western Teaching is a Sin), the militant Islamic group and MEND (Movement for Emancipation of the Niger Delta), the Christian equivalent fight each other and the government.

The wild card, of course, is oil. Will the west let the oil supply be interrupted or will they "restore order" like in Libya?

1 posted on 04/14/2013 6:12:48 PM PDT by Pan_Yan
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To: Pan_Yan

Great. Now Obama has to crush them.


2 posted on 04/14/2013 6:16:38 PM PDT by null and void (Republicans create the tools of oppression and Democrats use them. Gun confiscation enables tyranny.)
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To: Pan_Yan

MEND is “Christian Equivalent”? Hardly, it looks like they’re merely saying enough is enough finally...

Good luck to ‘em I say...


3 posted on 04/14/2013 6:16:53 PM PDT by Axenolith (Government blows, and that which governs least, blows least...)
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To: Pan_Yan

A little counter-jihad is a good for the soul!


4 posted on 04/14/2013 6:18:33 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I’m a conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: Pan_Yan

I’m glad at least SOMEONE has balls enough to get after the islamofacists.

Seems they can just cut throats, bomb churches, throw acid in ladies’ faces and such - but nobody gets after them?


5 posted on 04/14/2013 6:20:48 PM PDT by Principled
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To: null and void

Of course Obama has to crush them. This is a modern equivalent of a Crusade.

Politically incorrect fact: The Crusade was a counter-offensive against the Islamist invasion of Europe.


6 posted on 04/14/2013 6:21:46 PM PDT by Fred Hayek (The Democratic Party is now the operational arm of the CPUSA)
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To: Axenolith
MEND is “Christian Equivalent”? Hardly,...

Poor choice of words. However few African rebel groups elevate to the level of "noble". The government of President Goodluck Johnathan is nominally Christian and they are corrupt on a level that even Washington DC envies.

7 posted on 04/14/2013 6:24:56 PM PDT by Pan_Yan
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To: Pan_Yan

GO MEND!


8 posted on 04/14/2013 6:29:00 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: Pan_Yan

Well, I pray they are successful, but I do not have much hope in their tactics if they are revealing their plans to the enemy.


9 posted on 04/14/2013 6:31:19 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved! -Ps80)
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To: Pan_Yan

I cannot wait to hear those effin muslims whine about how they are being picked-on...


10 posted on 04/14/2013 6:32:03 PM PDT by Migraine
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To: Pan_Yan

GO MEND!


11 posted on 04/14/2013 6:32:39 PM PDT by Viennacon
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12 posted on 04/14/2013 6:38:50 PM PDT by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: Fred Hayek
The Crusade was a counter-offensive against the Islamist invasion of Europe.

Nope. By the time of the Crusade, Muslim presence was limited to part of the Iberian Peninsula. They'd been been expelled from southern Italy, Sicily, Cyprus and Crete. The Reconquest of Iberia was proceeding, though it was later itself classified as Crusade.

I agree the Crusades were a counter-attack, but the area at issue was the Holy Land.

13 posted on 04/14/2013 6:41:32 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: Pan_Yan

Good.


14 posted on 04/14/2013 6:43:23 PM PDT by deweyfrank
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To: null and void

Sadly....


15 posted on 04/14/2013 6:45:21 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Pan_Yan

What goes around, comes around.


16 posted on 04/14/2013 6:53:27 PM PDT by Mister Da (The mark of a wise man is not what he knows, but what he knows he doesn't know!)
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To: Pan_Yan

A new crusade? As usual, the Muslims are the aggressors.


17 posted on 04/14/2013 7:09:16 PM PDT by RobbyS
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To: Axenolith

The only logical response to unprovoked violence against you and/or your group, is a violent response — kill or be killed. Even the Europeans are going to come to that conclusion very soon.


18 posted on 04/14/2013 7:28:25 PM PDT by expat2
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To: Pan_Yan

Looks like the muzzies will be getting a taste of their own medicine. It’s hard to find fault with that!


19 posted on 04/14/2013 7:57:54 PM PDT by 21st Century Crusader (August 26, 1191)
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To: 21st Century Crusader

where can we donate for the cause?


20 posted on 04/14/2013 8:07:52 PM PDT by Craftmore
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To: Pan_Yan

Exactly: Goodluck Jonathan has sat on his thumbs for the past year while Boko Haram has made hamburger (literally) of hundreds of Christians in the North — many while worshipping in church.

I cannot understand his failure to act, unless, of course, it is someone paying him off not to act?


21 posted on 04/14/2013 8:13:34 PM PDT by man_in_tx (Islam is a Hate Crime. (Blowback: Faithfully farting towards Mecca five times daily!))
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To: Pan_Yan

I got an urgent request today from my Christian friend in Nigeria to pray for her homeland, that may not even exist in the very near future. I did and I hope you will too.


22 posted on 04/14/2013 9:26:15 PM PDT by 1lawlady (To G-d be the glory. Great things He has done!)
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To: Pan_Yan

I wonder if it makes sense to split the Moslem north from the Christian south?


23 posted on 04/14/2013 11:19:14 PM PDT by Cronos (Latin presbuteros->Late Latin presbyter->Old English pruos->Middle Engl prest->priest)
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To: Cronos
I wonder if it makes sense to split the Moslem north from the Christian south?

Most of the oil is in the Christian south. I doubt very much the Muslims want a peaceful, poor, landlocked country of their own.

24 posted on 04/15/2013 4:01:39 AM PDT by Pan_Yan
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To: man_in_tx
A little additional information from January 2012:

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.

Source

25 posted on 04/15/2013 4:59:13 AM PDT by Pan_Yan
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To: Bigg Red
Well, I pray they are successful, but I do not have much hope in their tactics if they are revealing their plans to the enemy.

I would assume the announcement was made for the benefit of the government and the locals more so than the enemy. The idea might be to get people to close up shop and stop trading in the Muslim areas of the country because of the threat of violence, though there's been plenty of that already.

26 posted on 04/15/2013 5:01:52 AM PDT by Pan_Yan
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To: Pan_Yan

Excellent news. Thank you.


27 posted on 05/04/2013 11:18:31 PM PDT by man_in_tx (Islam is a Hate Crime. (Blowback: Faithfully farting towards Mecca five times daily!))
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