Peace and Freedom

Islamist Insurgency Overruns Villages and Army Base in Northeast, Reflecting Failures of Military, Multinational Efforts

Boko Haram has overrun a series of towns in northeast Nigeria in recent months. In December, a bomb blast suspected to have been carried out by the Islamic insurgency at a bus station in Gombe, Nigeria, left at least 20 people dead.  

Boko Haram has overrun a series of towns in northeast Nigeria in recent months. In December, a bomb blast suspected to have been carried out by the Islamic insurgency at a bus station in Gombe, Nigeria, left at least 20 people dead. European Pressphoto Agency

By Drew Hinshaw in Accra, Ghana, and Gbenga Akingbule in Abuja, Nigeria
The Wall Street Journal

Boko Haram’s weekend seizure of a Nigerian army outpost that was to serve as a command center for combating the Islamist insurgency offers another measure of how fast the country’s military is losing ground and how multinational efforts have stalled.

Just before dawn on Saturday in the fishing town of Baga, on the shores of Lake Chad, insurgents drove up in pickup trucks and fired assault rifles at fleeing soldiers and civilians, said…

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