Boko Haram Crisis: Regional Force Takes Shape

Military chiefs from Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, Benin and Niger plan regional force to fight militant Islamist group.

By Published on February 25, 2015

Military chiefs from Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, Benin and Niger are finalizing their strategy for a 8,750-strong regional force to tackle the militant Islamist group Boko Haram.

In the last few weeks, the Multinational Joint Task Force has retaken several towns captured by the militants in north-eastern Nigeria.

Now, the regional chiefs are preparing for a major ground and air offensive due to start next month – and are meeting in Chad this week to set out the command structure.

The force will be led by a Nigerian commander, after which the position will rotate among the members.

Read the article “Boko Haram Crisis: Regional Force Takes Shape” on bbc.com.

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