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Fighting Boko Haram In Chad: Beyond Military Measures

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UN Condemns Boko Haram Attack In Cameroon

International Crisis Group (ICG) says greater co-operation and intelligence-sharing is what is needed to successfully defeat terrorist group Boko Haram in the Lake Chad region.

A report by the ICG says the multinational joint task force, drawn from regional states, holds the key to tackling the jihadist threat, but says, so far success has been limited.

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Cameroon, Chad, Niger, Nigeria, and Benin – make up the multinational joint task force, formed five years ago with approximately 10,000 uniformed soldiers after a growing realization that defeating Boko Haram terrorists required a collective response.

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The International Crisis Group ICG in its report says advances against Boko Haram have mostly been short-lived because of the insurgents’ resilience.

ICG calls for funding issues to be resolved with the help of the African Union and the European Union – that both helped create the joint task force.

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Boko haram, and the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP), have killed thousands and displaced nearly two million persons in north-east Nigeria.

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Bah Ndaw Sworn In As Mali’s Transitional President Following Coup

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Bah Ndaw Sworn In As Mali’s Transitional President Following Coup

Mali’s new interim president Bah Nda`w has been sworn into office today, Friday at a ceremony in the nation`s capital, Bamako.  The former defence minister and retired army colonel was picked by coup leader, Colonel Assimi Goita, to head a transitional government until elections are held. Colonel Assimi Goita, will serve as deputy president.

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Nda`w said, in his inauguration speech, that he will end militant insurgency in the country’s north and stop organized crime.

The military junta in Mali took over power and forced Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta out of office five weeks ago. ECOWAS leaders have overseen negotiations for a return to democracy.  The appointment of a civilian president was a condition for the west African regional group, ECOWAS, to lift the sanctions it earlier imposed after the coup.

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