Colonel (rtd) Sambo Dasuki, Nigeria’s National Security Advsier

13 June, 2014

The United States is offering rewards of up to $18 million for information leading to the capture of four Islamist militants operating in north and west Africa.

The State Department said Friday the four were all involved in either the kidnapping of foreigners or attacks on Western targets. It says three of the men have ties to the group al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, which operates across a region that includes Nigeria, Niger and Mauritania.

It describes two of those men (Hamad el Khairy and Ahmed el Tilemsi) as founding leaders of the group Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa, and the other (Khalid al-Barnawi) as a former member of the Nigerian Islamic group, Boko Haram.

Also on the list is an Egyptian explosives expert (Abu-Yusuf al-Muhajir) who the State Department says planned attacks on U.S. targets in Egypt.


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  1. peccavi says:

    Very interesting.
    The focus on the Ansaru leader and the MUJAO leaders could mean that evidence has been uncovered to indicate that the Mali connection is behind BH’s resurgence, the reconstitution of the IED cells and massive rearming of the mobile rural guerilla groups

    • asorockweb says:

      It’s been mentioned severally that BH’s “resurgence” is connected to Malian training camps.

      Has the bounties placed on the head of terrorist leaders been of any use?

      • peccavi says:

        Yes and no.
        It can incentivise ambitious underlings to plot against their ogas, or give neutrals or opportunists an incentive.
        But what it actually does is completely tie down the guys movements and action as he now has to worry about the loyalty of his compatriots.
        Ansaru was destroyed by Boko Haram turning them in to the authorities (not for money)
        Saddam’s sons were betrayed for the reward.
        All in all Its just another step in the process

  2. Kf says:

    I am just curious and need answers Beeg. Are these takfiri terrorists holding territory in Gwoza East or not? Did soldiers really desert Inge and biita after initial capture. Finally if all the urban centers in borno are secured where is the troop surge into the remote areas. All the best to our troops

    • peccavi says:

      Your questions (in my opinion) are difficult to answer in the way they are framed.
      The enemy does not hold territory per se. There are areas which they camp in and which they dominate due to the absence of the security forces. The area is geographically remote, difficult to access and it is virtually impossible to adequately garrison every village/ town.
      The enemy might be able to attack towns or villages but they have not as yet been able to deny the security forces access or prevent them from retaking towns.
      This leads to yout next question. ‘Desert’ iis entirely the wrong word to use. That implies ‘fleeing’ or ‘running away’.
      The unfortunate reality is that in COIN, when you take ground you must garrison and hold it. The unfortunate reality of that is that to garrison ground it must be defensible and capable of support by fire or by other friendly troops. The garrison must also be supplied and sustained constantly to prevent them from running out of ammo, food, fuel, water, batteries etc. All these things suck in troops and assets.
      The upshot of this is that although the urban centres are largely secured the rural areas are simply an ungoverned space and can largely be described as no mans land, dominated by both sides at different times.Clearance ops result in the enemy being defeated or pushed out but then friendly troops withdraw, allowing the enemy to reconstitute.
      As unfortunate as this is it is not unique to the Nigeria Army. the same problem of insufficient troops and combat power plagued UK forces in Helmand, US forces in Iraq the Korengal Vally, Afghanistan, Paktika Province etc.
      It is a common problem, hence the US surge in Iraq and Afghanistan. Yet to achieve these effort the Us had to deplete its reserves, extend tour lengths and deploy troops in different ways and formations.
      yet all these efforts were time limited and could not be sustained for a long time.

      In essence (and in my opinion) there are insufficient troops, they are improperly placed, improperly equipped, supplied and sustained and fighting incorrectly
      Nigeria has the manpower to train up specialised light infantry either as police or army on special short service contracts. A 3 month training programme would provide sufficient troops that can be used specifically to garrison recaptured areas leaving regular troops to conduct search and destroy. NYSC can be expanded to the police creating short service officers after 6 months of training.

      • rugged7 says:

        Oga peccavi makes some valid points…
        But i still believe Nigeria’s shortcomings in the North-East revolve around 8 main issues:
        1-Escalation of emergency military financing
        2-Intelligence gathering
        3-Human resource-Troop surge
        4-Air cover
        5-Tailored equipment
        6-Offensive posture with special ops
        7-Targeted neutralization of boko haram heirachy(civilian or terrorists)
        8-Financial interdiction of boko haram funds
        Nigeria appears weak in a majority of these areas…

    • asorockweb says:

      “Did soldiers really desert Ingo and bita …”

      The fragment above shows the power of the western media – Africans view themselves through the eyes of foreigners.

  3. peccavi says:

    Oga rugged7: Your list is good except for Item 1. More money means more private jets and luxury cars.
    The priority is not money. It is an automated banking system for all salaries, allowances and pensions. And then a government backed, health, injury, disability and death insurance scheme in which the soldier pays a portion of his salary which is match or doubled gy government which pays death benefits to his loved ones or compensates for injury
    Once that happens we will get an accurate reflection of how many soldiers we have.
    Soldiers will get paid on time without drama, they can rest assured there families are catered for.

    The problem with our forces is not money, it is in fact too much money and too little oversight giving too many opportunities for corruption.
    Ex soviet helicopters, tanks, armoured vehicles etc are relatively cheap yet we always pay as if we are buying the space shuttle.

    • Are James says:

      The president himself, no less, made the point in France about defence funds being trapped in commercial bank transfer delays (maybe alluding to interest yielding delays)and I suddenly longed for the Abacha era. With Abacha there was never a second chance. There was always a time for stealing and a time for killing and God help you if you did not understand the difference. Exposing troops at the front lines to financial pressure, lack of ammo. and supplies to the embarrassment of the CIC would have attracted only one result – putting the culprits in prison or in the permanently horizontal position …but what ever the result nobody lives happily ever after.

    • asorockweb says:

      There already exists an integrated salary scheme. All the army needs to do is join.

      Also Nigeria’s financial sector is advanced enough now to take care of soldiers insurance with a stroke of the pen. If/When a soldier pays the ultimate sacrifice, it no longer needs to be an Army affair – the insurance scheme would just takeover.

      But death still has to be confirmed by the Army.

      During the OBJ era, efforts were made to automate a lot of the Army’s accounting; I believe there may have been resistance.

      I don’t understand why the Army still wants to bare the bureaucratic burden of paying out more than a billion dollars in salaries and benefits – the less money spent on maintaining the Army’s bureaucracy, the more money they will have available for combat operations and equipment.

      NA, you are one of our best institutions, but you can do better.

  4. ugobassey says:

    More and more, the Nigeria seems to be working behind the scene with their US counterparts….http://www.usatoday.com/media/cinematic/video/10552401/

    • jimmy says:

      This is what I meant when I said l expect ongoing cooperation between the two nations.l expect this will be classified.

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