BATTLEFIELD IMAGERY FROM THE FRONTLINES OF THE “WAR ON TERROR” IN PARTS OF NORTHEASTERN NIGERIA : PHOTO CREDIT – AFP

KIRENOWA

NIGERIA, kirenowa : A handout picture

released on May 25, 2013 by the Nigerian military shows members of the Nigerian Defence headquarters team inspecting an alleged Boko Haram base in Kirenowa. Nigeria declared a state of emergency in three northeastern states on May 14 as it launched a military offensive to end Boko Haram’s four-year insurgency.

AFP PHOTO/NIGERIAN MILITARY

MADURI

NIGERIA, Maduri : A handout picture
released on May 25, 2013 by the Nigerian military shows members of the Nigerian Defence headquarters team inspecting an alleged Boko Haram base in Maduri. Nigeria declared a state of emergency in three northeastern states on May 14 as it launched a military offensive to end Boko Haram’s four-year insurgency.

AFP PHOTO/NIGERIAN MILITARY

MARTE

NIGERIA, MARTE : A handout picture
released on May 25, 2013 by the Nigerian military shows members of the Nigerian Defence headquarters team speaking with villagers in Marte. Nigeria declared a state of emergency in three northeastern states on May 14 as it launched a military offensive to end Boko Haram’s four-year insurgency.

AFP PHOTO/NIGERIAN MILITARY

MAIDUGURI

NIGERIA, Maiduguri : Three women and
six children abducted by Boko Haram are
presented to the press at a military base
in Maiduguri on May 25, 2013. Nigerian
authorities had freed three women and
six children abducted by Islamist extremist group Boko Haram as part of an ongoing military operation targeting the extremists. The group was abducted on May 7 during an attack on the town of
Bama in the country’s northeast,according to Defence Spokesman Brigadier General Chris Olukolade. Two
children and one woman remain missing, he said.

PHOTO CREDIT: AFP/AMINU ABUBAKAR

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12 Responses to BATTLEFIELD IMAGERY FROM THE FRONTLINES OF THE “WAR ON TERROR” IN PARTS OF NORTHEASTERN NIGERIA : PHOTO CREDIT – AFP

  1. beegeagle says:

    Hmn..I see three 4WD trucks in the FIRST photo. Sandwiched(in the middle) between two Toyota Hilux vans is a Landcruiser. Unfortunately, from this angle, it is impossible to tell if it is a utility vehicle or a purpose-built gun-truck.

    To be sure, this is the first time I have seen a photo of a Landcruiser on CTCOIN emerge from Borno. It could be indicative of the fact that the Landcruiser gun-trucks have been deployed to Borno, like they have been deployed to Mali.

    It is also indicative of the fact that the troops intend to stake out any and all territories where insurgents have been on the prowl, including potential battles in the oases and sand dunes in the northernmost parts of Yobe and Borno state.

  2. tim says:

    Brig gen’s upwards use it

  3. tim says:

    They use the landcruiser as a staff car….I once saw a video of the COAS, and I was at the golf club in navy town once, when a brig gen came in.

  4. beegeagle says:

    More like LUXURY Prado types used in lieu of command Landrovers as sufficed in the early days – alongside their staff cars. Major Generals use 5-series BMW sedans in tandem.

    Branch Chiefs, Corps Commanders and GOCs, Task Force Commanders, Brigade Commanders all have one or more of those – BLACK Prado SUVs, posh+with tinted glasses and with one or two gold stars emblazoned on red panels as the case may be. Not at all the same as this rugged, no frills and stripped-down battlefield type.

    Seen the GOCs of 1 Mechanised Division and 3 Armoured Division, CTOP – Army and the Commanders of 14 Infantry Brigade and 34 Field Artillery Brigade in PRECISELY THESE – fully built-up and certainly not in the pick-up truck config.

    At some level (classified by yours truly for security reasons), those PRADO SUVs would be bullet-proof. “The bigger the head, the bigger the headache”

    Here is a photo shot by me using a BB camera, showing a Major General’s staff car pictured inside an upscale Abuja barracks.

    Morale boost: A Nigerian Major General's gleaming BMW staff car

    Morale boost: A Nigerian Major General’s gleaming BMW staff car

  5. beegeagle says:

    That said, I see some of the carcasses of vehicles knocked out in the wave of air strikes. These really were training enclaves and it is not easy to see why civilians were out of harm’s way.

    Sustain the effort, gentlemen and do not at all pull out in a hurry. Well done.

  6. Blacrev says:

    oga beeg. this news is no surprise to me cos I’ve been voicing the same concern since (even though you no wan post those comments sha). Even before the state of emergency was declared, the US have always been so quick to condemn every attempt being made by our security forces to quell this crisis. Even though our troops are not innocent of human rights violations, i believe their are other channels to voice such concerns rather than even going to the extent of taking it to the AU jubilee. The west don’t seem to understand that we are not only fighting our enemies but their enemies as well. And may i ask oga beeg, aren’t all the security assistance we are getting from the US already paid for? including the tokunbo ships we’re about to receive next year. me and some friends were arguing about it and we just wanna throw the question at you for better info.

    • beegeagle says:

      FREE ships. We only pay the cost for refurbishment, training and fuel back to Nigeria.

      For NNS Thunder, we only forked out $8 million on these three expenditure heads. Nothing else. The ships themselves are FREE.

      Some others do get sold for a pittance though – like the Oliver Hazard Perry frigates which Taiwan were reportedly hustling for. But even the ex-USN ships which get sold are passed on for a forgettable fraction of the cost. Imagine getting a frigate for $10-20 million.

      The four Cat-class ships also came free of charge. We only spent $3.5 million on each one of them – refurbishment, fuel and crew training.

  7. MAKANAKY says:

    Through my childhood days till now, the Nigerian Military has never let me down as most other Nigerians.
    They have proven it again against Boko Haram, they should come out and fight since they call themselves men.
    Thanks to them as well as My Big Beegeagle for sharing their exploit when most press within and outside our shores are reporting the opposite.

  8. beegeagle says:

    DETAILED REPORT ON THE DHQ ASSESSMENT TEAM’S TOUR OF THESE INSURGENCY-AFFECTED FRONTLINE COMMUNITIES

    https://beegeagle.wordpress.com/2013/05/24/war-on-terror-in-northeastern-nigeria-photos-news-and-perspectives/

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