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Apr 2, 2015

Buhari win means Nigeria, not Chad, to lead Boko Haram fight

DAKAR (Reuters) – When Chadian troops occupied parts of northern Nigeria in the 1980s, Nigerian Major-General Muhammadu Buhari chased them back across the border in a show of strength months before he seized power in a military coup.

    Thirty years later, the 72-year-old former strongman has returned as head of state, defeating incumbent Goodluck Jonathan at the ballot box this week, and once again seems determined to end Chad’s presence on Nigerian soil.

Mar 25, 2015

Insight – Glimmers of hope in Central Africa Republic but peace elusive

YALOKE, Central African Republic/DAKAR (Reuters) – Hunted through the bush of Central African Republic by Christian militiamen, hundreds of half-starved Muslim herders found sanctuary with U.N. peacekeepers in the town of Yaloke. For months they dared not set foot outside the camp.

Now, after months of talks with local leaders, the frightened Fulani herders have finally ventured outside their small compound into the half-empty town, once home to an estimated 10,000 Muslims.

Mar 25, 2015

Glimmers of hope in Central Africa Republic but peace elusive

YALOKE, Central African Republic/DAKAR (Reuters) – Hunted through the bush of Central African Republic by Christian militiamen, hundreds of half-starved Muslim herders found sanctuary with U.N. peacekeepers in the town of Yaloke. For months they dared not set foot outside the camp.

Now, after months of talks with local leaders, the frightened Fulani herders have finally ventured outside their small compound into the half-empty town, once home to an estimated 10,000 Muslims.

Mar 17, 2015

Senegal’s Sall says to ‘set an example’ in Africa by reducing term

DAKAR (Reuters) – Senegal’s President Macky Sall said on Tuesday he would hold a referendum next year to reduce the presidential term to five years from seven, seeking to “set an example” at a time when some African leaders want to lift their term limit.

Sall declined to say whether he would seek a second term in his West African country, regarded as a bastion of democracy in a turbulent region, though he is widely expected to do so.

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.