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West African Leaders Mull New Force to Fight Boko Haram Insurgents

Ghana President John Dramani Mahama (Chatham House/Flickr/Creative Commons)
Ghana President John Dramani Mahama (Chatham House/Flickr/Creative Commons)

Matthew Mpoke Bigg and Kwasi Kpodo

 

ACCRA, Ghana (Reuters)—West African leaders will seek authority next week from the African Union to create a multi-national force to fight Nigeria’s Boko Haram Islamist insurgents, Ghanaian President John Mahama told Reuters on Friday.

Any such force would represent the most robust international response yet to the militants who have killed thousands over the last year in their campaign for an Islamic caliphate and have also launched cross border attacks into Niger and Cameroon.

Boko Haram is seen as the most serious security threat to Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country and its biggest energy producer, but Mahama said the group and militants in Somalia, Kenya, Mali and elsewhere posed a wider risk.

 

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