9 March 2015
Chad and Niger have intensified the joint military campaign against Boko Haram. Forces from the two states opened a new front in the fight against the Nigerian-based Islamic extremist group amidst growing fears that the conflict, which has been largely restricted to northeast Nigeria and neighbouring borders, could become internationalised. (more…)
Source: The New York Times | Chad and Niger Troops Move to Attack Boko Haram
28 January 2015
On 19 January, the UN Security Council urged central African countries to step up plans for a multinational force to fight Boko Haram (this is the first time that the UNSC gave an overall response on this issue).
On 21 January, the Nigerian foreign minister said that African nations threatened by the group will seek UN Security Council authorisation for a multinational force to take on the militants.
Source: Time | A Multinational Task Force Must Fight Boko Haram, Says U.N. Security Council
Source: Raw Story| UN Security Council backs plan for African coalition to join forces against Boko Haram
Source: World Bulletin | African states to seek U.N. mandate to fight Boko Haram
20 May 2014
On 17 May five West African countries agreed to a plan focusing on enhanced military cooperation and intelligence sharing with the purpose of combating the regional threat from Boko Haram, the extremist group which abducted more than 200 schoolgirls in northern Nigeria last month. The meeting was organised by French President Francois Hollande, at the request of Nigeria’s president, Goodluck Johnathan, and was also attended by the heads of state of Cameroon, Niger, Chad and Benin. Senior American, British and European diplomats were also present. (more…)
Source: The New York Times | West African Nations Set Aside Their Old Suspicions to Combat Boko Haram