NIGERIA’S ‘WAR ON TERROR’ : LOCAL AND FOREIGN JOURNALISTS TOUR MAIDUGURI, MARTE AND KIRENOWA (PHOTO NEWSREEL BY TIMESUNION.COM / ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Troops at a camp near Marte from which militants were dislodged.

Hooded and battle-seasoned: an operative of the Police Counter Terrorist Unit stands in front of an Army Landcruiser vehicle at Marte

Men of the Police Counter Terrorist Unit at the same site near Marte

A soldier on duty at a Maiduguri military base

Journalists look at arms and ammunition which military commanders say they previously seized from Islamic fighters in Maiduguri, Nigeria, on Wednesday,June 5, 2013.On Wednesday, the military flew foreign and local journalists from Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, to Maiduguri in Borno state as part of a tour of one battleground area.

Police officers stand in front of the
burned-out police station in Marte,Nigeria, on Wednesday, June 5, 2013. Just as quickly as Islamist extremists rose out of the desert scrub several months ago, however, they recently disappeared as Nigeria’s military regained control of this area as part of a new offensive. As attack helicopters hovered overhead and tanks hid among the scrawny trees, military commanders told journalists touring the region Wednesday that they had struck a decisive blow against radicals who want to impose strict Islamic law over this multiethnic nation of more than 160 million people.

The people of Kirenowa gather to meet with the visitors.

Women wait to draw water from a well
in Kerinowa, Nigeria, on Wednesday,
June 5, 2013. Nigeria’s military took
journalists on a tour Wednesday of one of the areas where it fought Islamic
extremists as part of a new offensive targeting radicals. While Nigeria’s
military has had success taking back
territory, its soldiers will likely need to
remain in the region for years to make
sure extremists who slipped away don’t
attack again

SOURCE

http://timesunion.com/news/world/article/Challenges-at-frontline-of-Nigeria-extremist-fight-4580843.php#photo-4742295

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57 Responses to NIGERIA’S ‘WAR ON TERROR’ : LOCAL AND FOREIGN JOURNALISTS TOUR MAIDUGURI, MARTE AND KIRENOWA (PHOTO NEWSREEL BY TIMESUNION.COM / ASSOCIATED PRESS)

  1. Congratulations on this. Its a win win situation. A mix of local and foreign press. Lets see wat they all would report.

    On a side note..my wife put to bed today. Bouncing baby girl. Mum and Baby doing great.

  2. beegeagle says:

    :-) CONGRATS, 007. You don score again! More blessings, my brother.

  3. beegeagle says:

    Great photos. That is the ONLY thing I respect AP for. Otherwise, they CAN be quite pathetic :-)

    Elsewhere, BEEGEAGLE WROTE:
    August 31, 2012 at 1:49am

    If it is coverage, Reuters, Xinhua and AFP
    are okay. AP have great photos but that is all. Jon Gambrell is characteristically
    negative and downright scathing for the
    heck of it. He gets too personal to allow
    for balanced coverage…I only do AP for the heck of it. They sound more like
    compromised activists than dispassionate journalists.”

  4. xnur44 says:

    Congratulations optimusprime007!
    1st and 3rd pix are excellent battle damage assessment denoting ground engagement.

  5. Henry says:

    Congrats OGA optimusprime007. wishing you, your lovely wife and the beautiful child a a long, healthy and happy life ahead.

  6. J.A.Z. says:

    do i see bows and arrows in one picture? BH still uses that sometimes? Or is it for hunting?

    • asorockweb says:

      For most kids growing up in the open plains of rural Northern Nigeria, the bow and arrow is a rite of passage.

  7. Obix says:

    Great job. Now this is what we’ve been preaching. Take them to the “liberated” areas, let them feel free to talk to the locals. The propaganda war has to be won as well!

  8. beegeagle says:

    J.A.Z, Oga Asorockweb is right. Those are traditional weapons which are an intergral part of a man’s belongings. The ownership of those is, in a manner of speaking, a cultural norm. Same way that people in the Far North like to sit on mats and rugs laid on the ground rather than on seats. Some of the rugs are expensive enough to pay for settees to fill up two living rooms but they would rather sit on the ground as a matter of cultural practice while the Emir seats higher than everyone else on his throne. You can see that from the photos above.

    On Nigerian television, it is not uncommon to see the Vice President, the Speaker of the House of Representatives and former Heads of State such as Generals Buhari, Babangida and Abdulsalaam Abubakar seated this way at social and cultural events held indoors.

    In Yemen, you find that men have daggers strapped to their bodies and in South Africa’s Zululand, men wield the spear and shield. That does not mean that AQAP do not use AK47 rifles in tandem. Same way that militants of the Inkatha Freedom Party also owned rifles in tandem during the pre-election violence of the early 1990s which pitted IFP militants against their ANC counterparts,

    Mind you, those are poison-tipped arrows. No antidote for any contact with body fluids.

  9. Number one says:

    Congratulations and wishing you the best,optimusprime007

  10. peccavi says:

    Congratulations oh Oga Optimusprime007, may she live in boring times!

  11. bomber says:

    Congrats Oga optimusprime007. We all have reason to celebrate and be happy. I hope by the time she is old enough, there will be no Boko Haram.
    This is a nice move by JTF. i am sure foreign journalist are not convinced.

  12. Tope says:

    Foreign Journalists just want permission to run Independent checks and believe u me they will be only speaking to people who have sympathy to Boko Haram because of Economic Hardship they are or not facing. Our Local Press should be given the choiciest news and others piggy back from them.

    Oga Optimus Prime, We thank God o! May she grow to be a beautiful and lovely woman, meanwhile na Harp be my brand o! :)

    Let the FG dictate the tone my own opinion

  13. Donian007 says:

    Oga Henry, how far la, backstage, damn dos southafricans!

  14. eyimola says:

    More from Jon

    http://www.apimages.com/Search?query=%22jon+gambrell%22+%22view+from+the+front%22&ss=10&st=kw&entitysearch=&toItem=15&orderBy=Newest

    There is a very interesting picture of an armoured vehicle with a very long gun. Anyone knows what that is?

  15. igbi says:

    It apears Will Ross spent the time given to him during the tour on terrorizing the villagers, this is one of the things he told them: “The Nigerian army tried to crush the Islamist militants in 2009 but the group came back stronger with more deadly attacks. So do people think Boko Haram can return to the area?” As you can see that is a sentence meant to terrify the villagers and to make them uncooperatif with the Army. A boko haram member couldn’t have said any thing better to the gullible villagers for the terrorist network.

  16. Nnamdi says:

    @ GEn Optimus….Congratulations a plenty. we dey come your house come chop rice o!

    @ Gens Henry & Donian,…LCP “homerac7″ reporting sirs! :D

  17. igbi says:

    Best of wishes to the newborn. And congrats to the parents.
    Here comes some other good news:

  18. Henry says:

    No, my mistake. I was referring to the 5th picture in the first roll, counting from left to right.

    While he was referring to the french made sagie, which is the 9th photo. The french have them deployed in mali.

  19. Donian007 says:

    @Nnamdi. U’re on point.

  20. Russellinfinity says:

    7 salvos for Optimusprime. Congrats.

  21. Russellinfinity says:

    Since the mis interpretation and deliberate skewing of information after the Baga incident by foreign media, I can say that the DHQ has learnt its lesson. Though the management of information during this offensive wasn’t the best, it wasn’t lack luster either. I’ll give the high command a pass mark on this one. Colour me impressed. I hope Aljazeera wasn’t on this tour.

  22. ifiok umoeka says:

    Optimusprime, I’ve been off blog just to come backb and see this great news. Congratulations to you and ur wife. Pls kiss the little lady for me. Cheers

  23. beegeagle says:

    Apparently, Al Jazeera got bounced from the party :-). About time too.

  24. Spirit says:

    Congrats to 007, may her life bring glory and fame to you and to Nigeria

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