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Lack of Coordination and Panic Compromise the African Military Coalition Fighting Boko Haram

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Government Troops battling Boko Haram in West, Central Africa and in the Sahel appear poorly equipped and badly trained to deal with an aggressive insurgency. The disastrous bombing on February 17, 2015 of the Abalam village in the east of Niger by unidentified aircraft believed to be from Nigeria’s air force is an example of amateur work and poorly coordinated African armies. The bombing of Abalam, although likely accidental, led to 36 deaths and scores of wounded. The armies fighting Boko Haram are simply finding it difficult to work together and synchronize their capabilities, and the most affected countries of this scramble to degrade the terrorist organization are the ones situated around Lake Chad, namely Nigeria, Chad, Niger and Cameroon.

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