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