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Mar 3, 2015

Insight – Nigeria stalls Chad, aims to beat Boko Haram before election

DJAMENA/YAOUNDE (Reuters) – When battle-hardened Chadian troops overran a Boko Haram camp in northern Nigeria last week, they wanted to press deep into territory controlled by the Islamist group but Nigeria refused to let them.

Having defeated al Qaeda in Mali two years ago, Chad’s military believes it could finish off Boko Haram alone. It has notched up victories that have pushed the Nigerian militants back from the Cameroonian border.

Mar 3, 2015

Nigeria stalls Chad, aims to beat Boko Haram before election

DJAMENA/YAOUNDE (Reuters) – When battle-hardened Chadian troops overran a Boko Haram camp in northern Nigeria last week, they wanted to press deep into territory controlled by the Islamist group but Nigeria refused to let them.

Having defeated al Qaeda in Mali two years ago, Chad’s military believes it could finish off Boko Haram alone. It has notched up victories that have pushed the Nigerian militants back from the Cameroonian border.

Feb 27, 2015

Thoughts turn to recovery as Ebola slowly ebbs in West Africa

DAKAR/MONROVIA/CONAKRY, Feb 27 (Reuters) – In the marble
atrium of the Mammy Yoko hotel in Freetown, manager Nuno Neves
has spotted something he has not seen since the Ebola virus
struck Sierra Leone nine months ago: foreign businessmen.

The Radisson Blu chain opened the four-star hotel
in April to cater for investors in one of Africa’s
fastest-growing economies. A month later, Ebola crossed the
border from Guinea and those investors fled.

Feb 25, 2015

U.S. military trains African armies ahead of Boko Haram campaign

MAO, Chad (Reuters) – Under the glare of the Saharan sun, a U.S. special forces trainer corrects the aim of a Chadian soldier as he takes cover behind a Toyota pick-up and fires at a target with his AK47 — a drill that could soon save his life.

Chad is sending hundreds of troops to fight Boko Haram in neighboring Nigeria as part of a regional offensive against the Islamist group, which killed an estimated 10,000 people last year in a campaign to carve an Islamic emirate from the north of Africa’s largest oil producer.

Feb 19, 2015

Nigerian planes bomb Boko Haram camps, military says

DJAMENA/MAIDUGURI, Feb 19 (Reuters) – Nigerian warplanes
bombed training camps and equipment belonging to Islamist group
Boko Haram in the northeast’s Sambisa forest on Thursday, the
military said, adding momentum to an assault meant to crush the
rebels also involving neighbours Chad, Cameroon and Niger.

“The death of a large number of terrorists has been recorded
while many others are also scampering all over the forest,”
defence spokesman Major-General Chris Olukolade said, later
adding that an attack was underway on parts of Gwoza, the town
where Boko Haram first declared an Islamic state last year.

Feb 19, 2015

African allies aim to pin down Boko Haram, official says

DJAMENA, Feb 19 (Reuters) – Niger, Chad and Cameroon are
seeking to pin down Boko Haram within Nigeria’s borders ahead of
a ground-and-air offensive by a regional task-force due to start
from the end of next month, a senior Niger military official
told Reuters.

The Islamist group, which has killed thousands of people in
a six-year insurgency in Nigeria, has fought fierce battles with
the three countries’ armies in southern Niger and northern
Cameroon, near Nigeria’s borders, in recent weeks.

Feb 18, 2015

U.S. army to provide equipment, intelligence to fight Boko Haram

DJAMENA (Reuters) – The U.S. military will share communications equipment and intelligence with African allies to assist them in the fight against Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram, the commander of U.S. Special Forces operations in Africa said.

West African military commanders have long complained that cross-border operations against Islamist groups, from al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) in Mali to Boko Haram in Nigeria, have been obstructed by lack of compatible communications equipment, making it hard to swap information and coordinate.

Feb 17, 2015

Interview – U.S. army to provide equipment, intelligence to fight Boko Haram

DJAMENA (Reuters) – The United States military will provide communications equipment and intelligence to help African nations in the fight against Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram, the commander of U.S. Special Forces operations in Africa said.

West African military commanders have long complained that cross-border operations against Islamist groups, from al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) in Mali to Boko Haram in Nigeria, have been obstructed by lack of compatible communications equipment, making it hard to swap information and coordinate.

Feb 16, 2015

Chad begins U.S.-backed military exercise as warm-up for Boko Haram

DJAMENA, Feb 16 (Reuters) – Chad launched a U.S.-backed
counter-terrorism exercise on Monday with 1,300 soldiers from 28
African and Western countries, billing it as a warm-up for an
offensive against Nigeria’s Islamist insurgent group Boko Haram.

The “Flintlock” manoeuvres unfolded as Chad and four
neighbouring states prepare a task force to take on Boko Haram,
the biggest security threat to Africa’s top oil producer Nigeria
and an increasing concern to countries bordering it.

Jan 30, 2015

Africa looks to extend new disaster insurance to Ebola-like epidemics

DAKAR (Reuters) – African countries want to extend a new catastrophe insurance fund, which made its first payout of $25 million this month, to include protection against epidemics in the wake of the devastating Ebola outbreak.

The African Risk Capacity (ARC) agency, a specialized body of the African Union, launched a scheme last year to insure against natural disasters. It is an effort to break Africa’s reliance on foreign aid and address the impact of climate change by using innovative financial techniques.