NIGERIA’S WAR ON TERROR: MILITARY OPERATIONS IN NORTHEASTERN NIGERIA

A Steyr 4K 7FA APC of the Nigerian Army

A Super Puma helicopter of the Nigerian Air Force and a VICE NEWS reporter

A T72 M1 tank of the Nigerian Army on a tank transporter

Commandos of the 72 Strike Force, a unit trained by the South African PMC, STTEP, are seen here in a REVA MRAP bristling with weaponry

A South African-built REVA MRAP of the 72 Strike Force

TECHNICAL SUPPORT: MCSHEGZ

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56 Responses to NIGERIA’S WAR ON TERROR: MILITARY OPERATIONS IN NORTHEASTERN NIGERIA

  1. jimmy says:

    “The more you fly”

  2. asorockweb says:

    The guy jumping out of the puma helicopter is the VICE reporter.

    • asorockweb says:

      Awesome!

    • Kay says:

      Great stuff! Seeing the now legendary Konduga crew too puts a human face on the exploits of that great team. I’ll just add that if local tv were allowed to show this sort of interviews, tours of the frontlines, etc. They’ll increase the morale and zeal of the Nigerian citizens and also unify.
      Part 3 is the invasion of Bama, I just hope it’ll be longer than 10 minutes. We need like an hour instead!

    • Are James says:

      WOW. This one dey dem say nothing dey?
      This production is going to fill recruitment centers real soon.

  3. freeegulf says:

    vice with their unique guerrilla journalism. great job here.

    the army should utililize zig zag trenches more, they offer more protection from shrapnel than linear trenches.

    great job warriors of konduga. the 103 battalion has been the touch bearer and the great sword of the army. continue to give the BH terrs hell.
    great job NA

    • sazulu says:

      The training specifies a zig zag trench system. I don’t know why this is not practiced.

      • freeegulf says:

        quite true oga. there are basic things the army is still not implementing. their trench networks, their field of fire, and their concentric ring of defence in an FOB. these need to be hammered in. they need to adopt these effective style of defence.

        a good early warning system, which i think the konduga base fairly has, since they are always sporting rounds at night ( not just for H&I ), bobby traps, trip flares, barb wire, and good old aggressive patrols will keep any FOB safe. yes, the nuisance of periodical probes by the enemy will remain, but this can by easily dealt with.

        anyway good job NA, the heroes of konduga, warriors live forever. their story need to be told in detail someday

      • Are James says:

        This is informative. i did not know about the zig zag trench formation. Thinking about it now, it is actually more difficult to storm that configuration of trenches.

  4. ugobassey says:

    For ‘Guerilla journalism’ Vice seems to have done a better (fact based) reporting than even some of our Nigerian News houses. I commend their efforts. Well done! As for the NA, I couldn’t be prouder! So many young military personnel brimming with patriotism! I duff my hat. My Ogas hearing and seeing these boys in action gives me more hope for Naija than a million promises from any politician.

  5. jimmy says:

    goose bumps on my arms as i type
    God bless
    Nigerian army

  6. Sir Kay says:

    I think its weird they left that structure still standing, the school that is,
    The soldier in the video said boko members often attack them from that structure, providing the enemy with a shield, so why on earth did they allow same structure to still stand? Shouldn’t it have been demolished? I mean, its a shield for the enemy.
    My thought though.

    • camouflage1984 says:

      Same thing i thought

    • rugged7 says:

      Yea. Beats me why they disn’t demolish those buildings. Well, if they have been attacked this number of times sans success, then they must be doing something very right….

    • sazulu says:

      Not just the building, they need a good field of view, get a bulldozer and level the ground up to 1000m at least. Make use of early warning systems like ground sensors or just trip flares within 400m. Not doing this is the reason why the staff officers remain in the trenches because BH always takes them by surprise. In my opinion, I feel the obstruction and poor field of view might be the reason BH are always returning for subsequent attacks. Additionally, I don’t know the kind of counter attack plans they have in place, I mean it’s not just by repelling attacks and making them withdraw when the fire fight is won, we should be outflanking them. Maybe they do all these and I don’t know.

    • asorockweb says:

      It’s not a single building, it’s an entire school.

      Why haven’t they bulldozed the school?

      They don’t have the authority to bulldoze a school. They probably don’t have the equipment.

      This is Nigeria.

      • sazulu says:

        If no authority or equipment to bulldoze then they should consider setting up their defensive lines after the school, that way the school is behind them and they can use it for better admin.

      • asorockweb says:

        The area covered by the school may be significant enough to distort their defensive lines.

      • sazulu says:

        Anyway, who am I to talk, they’re the ones on ground.

      • asorockweb says:

        Tru dat

      • FortB says:

        We rush too often to erroneous conclusions. Did anyone with a a basic knowledge of field.craft actually think what was shown was the forward trenches? I doubt that very much. Looks more like the HQ which normally will be somewhere at the center or towards the rear of the defensive area. I can assure you all that the forward defenses will be ahead of the school. No need demolishing the school after all, after the boko haram saga, school will resume there.

      • Are James says:

        @FortB.
        i was just about to post that. that NA will expose the outer limits of their positions in Kondunga?. Goes against every doctrine and culture we know about the force.

    • Sir Kay says:

      Ha, I’m sure we have bulldozers that can clear those trees and bushes, haba lol.
      Or set the damn thing on fire, the vegetation that is lol.
      But yea, their line of defense could have been in front of the school, not behind it, or pull down the structures, either way their line of sight is not clear and that’s not good, if terrorists are sneaking up on your at night, what happened to barb wires and other things they could have used as buffers? or even lay spikes under the sand for them.oh well, they know better i guess, I’m not a military strategist .

    • Sir Kay says:

      @FortB. I guess you know more than the soldier said what i commented on?
      He made it clear the enemy attack from the school, the school structure was riddled with bullet, so what are you talking about?
      How could defense forward defense be at the front of the school, yet the enemy attack from the same structure? Don’t talk for a soldier that was there, he made it clear.

  7. Deltaman says:

    ‘Train hard, fight easy’

  8. lachit says:

    dont know if u all knew this but it seems the pakistani plane which was denied permission by the saudis was carrying 2 light armoured personnel carriers for nigeria

    also out of the blue india has placed orders for initial 36 rafales in flyaway condition off-the-shelf from Dassault Aviation
    lol that surprised everybody.
    my take is this with the rafale deal the indians are trying to do more then meets the eye,
    to convince the french to part with technologies related to their barracuda (SSN) nuclear submarines for building indias own 6+ SSN.
    plus access to france Laser MĂ©gajoule for refining fusion calculations for indias thermonuclear (in megaton range) weapons.
    (all under the table)

    i was once needling a analyst(counter-espionage) when he put a stop to it by saying
    there is no way that u can be critical of diplomacy and intelligence operations of a country
    because failures will always be known,but no one will ever have a clue about the successful ones.

    • asorockweb says:

      Interesting.

      Do you the make of the APCs?

      India buying Rafael jets also seems to me to be based on “other factors”.

      • lachit says:

        pakistan operates APC in large nos but has almost no IFV.
        and all its APCs are derivatives of the american M113 APC.
        my bets are on this one the talha apc armed with 12.7mm machine gun and fitted with a ukranian engine.till now they have around 400+ of these .
        the photo shows a caged armoured Talha APC
        http://defence.pk/attachments/image-2-jpg.182162/

        “India buying Rafael jets also seems to me to be based on “other factors”.”
        it is a good example of trying to extract maximum strategic benefit in terms of technology build up and acess to restricted technology aka buy one get two free.
        ofcourse it goes wihout saying that such deals will never make it to the public.

        (and the above comments about barracuda SSN and Laser MĂ©gajoule are my own deductions based on the way india and russian traded technology.india paid inflated way off the top money for russian hardware which infact included covert payments for restricted technology)
        hope nigeria learns a lesson or two

  9. Capt Tobias Wilcock says:

    I watched glued to the computer screen, My sincere thanks to @ Sam. The Nigerian soldiers have been the most articulate and professional so far in any interview, they are bustling with confidence and knowledge acquired from proper training, there comportment is that of a ” Soldier’s, Soldier”. I salute them all and God bless them, also addressed here was the very important issue of Christians and Muslims fighting together, this counters the divisive enunciation been concocted by the Western media. May the outcome of this conflict curb religious differences. those guys are so sharp, now that is so long for stories of Mercenaries fighting for our Nation. God bless Nigeria,God bless our boys.

  10. ugobassey says:

    This seems to confirm what we already knew about outsiders influencing domestic events…http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/04/safrica-starts-of-with-buhari-on-clean-slate-to-return-15m-arms-money/

  11. camouflage1984 says:

    • camouflage1984 says:

      I can tell that the VICE reporter does not knw jack about this insurgency, Nigeria or Nigeria army.

      • Blackrev says:

        bro calm down. the guy made a lot of vaid points that are true. especially the part where the government has to deal with suicide bombings and attacks on soft targets. so it’s back to square one.
        The Nigerian army is still Nigeria it represents.

        one thing about Nigerians is that we hate to hear the truth. nice interview IMO. and thanks for sharing.

      • Blackrev says:

        *valid*

      • Are James says:

        @Camouflage1984
        Care to fill in the blanks sir?. Did he he leave anything unsaid?. This is not propaganda btw, the guy was there with the troops eating their food, drinking their water and guzzling some local beer. He gave an all round excellent mark to the NA so what is the problem.

  12. lachit says:

    guys u all really break my heart
    all my pointers about “out of the box” thinking seems all lost

    instead of blowing up/bulldozing the school (a waste of money) u can use the HESCO bastion (gabion). install it surrounding the school and facing the BHs most probable direction of attack.

    These bulwarks are constructed from gabions; wirework containers filled with local rocks and soil.
    HESCO Bastion, which can be unravelled from the back of a truck in minutes, with minimal manpower and filled with local desert soil and rocks by digger trucks and subjected to ‘human compaction’ – soldiers jumping on it, in other words. The latest versions can be emptied and packed into the same pallets on which they arrived, leaving no sign they were there.
    The HESCO bastion is used for military fortification. It is made of a collapsible wire mesh container and heavy duty fabric liner, and used as a temporary to semi-permanent levee or blast wall against explosions or small-arms. It has seen considerable use in Iraq and Afghanistan

    these have since been tested by 15 international authorities and are proven effective against a range of weapons, including small arms, grenades, mortars, artillery and vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (VBIED).
    They have also been proven effective as a vehicle intrusion barrier, with the US Department of State awarding Concertainer units K-12 Certification, only given to products that can prevent a 15,000lb truck travelling at 50mph from penetrating by more than one metre inside a barrier.

    New Recoverable Mil units can be opened from the side to let the earth filling out, then flat-packed and recovered back to the same pallet on which arrived, taking up no more space than the unused system.
    see easy pesy, cost effective, reusable and also usefull for fortifiing police stations, police checkposts, pickets, roadblocks etc considering the BH might indulge in attacking soft targets after its defeat.

  13. Deewon says:

    NEVER AGAIN!!!

  14. camouflage1984 says:

    @Blackrev My point is BH no longer has support of the population so it will be much easier to fish them out now when it comes to urban COIN than it was some years back. Moreover, NA was able to drive them out of the Maiduguri before BH started holding territory so what was the VICE reporter saying about lack of capacity of NA to handle the next phase? He clearly lacks a good understanding of the whole insurgency!

  15. Capt Tobias Wilcock says:

    This guy is a typical western person (Sponsored Propagators of the White western messiah complex), plays to the narrative back home, he says “it exist on map only” – Biggest economy in Africa, a dysfunctional states that stopped Ebola while they could not figure out how to handle single patent occurences, of cause all the black victims in exception of one black nurse (that threatened that she was going to sue) died. Nothing as change since Lord Lugard made this statement below. A nation that cannot make it’s own basic arms and spends it’s time praising and buying from others, even when it has interlectual capability to produce can never be taken serious. he can only be allowed and praised for being a big player in the Junior league.
    ( Does Indian or South Africa use external trainers ?, what happened to the knowledge from Liberia and S. Leone and data from PKO, Dafur provided similar or harsher terrain and similar fighting tactics, how about Somaslia. We needd to be seriously looking in
    Lord Lugard, the former governor-general of Nigeria, in 1926, wrote his unfiltered thought about Nigerians. From his book, The Dual Mandates, come these excerpts: “In character and temperament, the typical African of this race-type is a happy, thriftless, excitable person, lacking in self-control, discipline, and foresight. Naturally courageous, and naturally courteous and polite, full of personal vanity, with little sense of veracity, fond of music and loving weapons as an oriental loves jewellery. His thoughts are concentrated on the events and feelings of the moment, and he suffers little from the apprehension for the future or grief for the past. His mind is far nearer to the animal world than that of the European or Asiatic, and exhibits something of the animals’ placidity and want of desire to rise beyond the state he has reached.

    “Through the ages, the African appears to have evolved no organised religious creed, and though some tribes appear to believe in a deity, the religious sense seldom rises above pantheistic animalism and seems more often to take the form of a vague dread of the supernatural. He lacks the power of organisation, and is conspicuously deficient in the management and control alike of men or business. He loves the display of power, but fails to realize its responsibility – he will work hard with a less incentive than most races. He has the courage of the fighting animal, an instinct rather than a moral virtue. In brief, the virtues and defects of his race -type are those of attractive children, whose confidence when it is won is given ungrudgingly as to an older and wiser superior and without envy. Perhaps, the two traits which have impressed me as those most characteristic of the African native are his lack of apprehension and his lack of ability to visualize the future”.

    Enough of all this imagination trip, let us get serious messages out about what concerns us right now from this very important medium ( Beegeagle blog, He as played his part and walked it like he talks it, his blog has transmitted the Nigeria’s narrative globally better than any diplomatic channels, would any of us here have had enough follow through focus to do the same, why was he not formally involved or recognized and given access and resources to make same type documentary, no excuse, just look at Nolly wood) There is no westerner that would every say any positive thing about Nigerian, once they get back to their society (Their friendships while in Nigeria is the smile of a parrot, that they feel is required to survive in the mist of many black faces) , it just not an acceptable narrative by the other race, we are suppose to be the joke of nature and the yard stick for failure. Mr VICE reporter is just another modern day Mungo Park, going back to tell the Royal geographical society ( now modern day cable/internet news), his encounter with Nigerian savages, who still match like WW1 troops going to Tipperary ( All to bring himself some fame and also excitement to a bored western populace). why was it not a Nigerian journalist that was given this opportunity to embed with the troops, was it not a very young Nigerian lady in her early 20s ( former Ms Agnes Oguniya) that landed with the 3rd Marine Commandos and remained throughout the Civil war, most Civil war pictures are credited to her. Until we start looking inwards and realize that the rich man’s heaven is the poor man’s hell ( If we progress and manufacture, the current seller,s sales would slow), so you are encouraged to keep buying, It is a great shame we are buying basic items from South Africa at this day and age, can we brag at South Africa again ?( IFV are basic, what special science is used). let the Nigerian military seek help from Nigerian institutions whose core competence is in technical things, even though US military takes part in weapon evaluations it does not manufacture any arms for itself from rifle up.
    Even if one Nigerian soldier defeats all BH’s terror cardres , it will never be admitted.
    In part 1, did this same reporter indirectly insinuate that PMC were actively involved in our actual battle field victory. We need to look around us and think. The reporter just paid some of his mortgage on our account.

    • kulture1 says:

      True words, my Captn…Thanks and cheers.

    • Eeben says:

      I sense your anger and frustration Capt Tobias Wilcox but you are not entirely correct regarding people saying positive things about Nigeria “once they get back to their society”.
      STTEP/myself who were the PMC the world screamed about have done everything in our power to enlighten those we encounter regarding Nigeria and the NA members we worked with. We have also made it very clear that if ever we are called on to come back, we will be there. After all, we left friends and brothers there and we care about them.
      Rgds,
      Eeben

      • Capt Tobias Wilcock says:

        Dear Eeben, I would never direct such statements personally at you, Forgive me if I was a bit generic, it was more of the Extreme Western and Northern Hemisphere area, You did well and stood up proudly with our nation, all respects, I could say I am a bit embedded in the Western Military environment and have to hear and battle this stereotype view about all things African everyday. South Africans are our brothers and they have made a great example of using knowledge obtained during the crisis years. Nigeria.s highly trained officers and operatives are not retained, a good number of pilots were let go without any transfer of knowledge or tactics, very few if any at all of the guy’s from our ECOMOG ops are to be found, That culture has to be stopped. If you would endulge me, I would like to say, Bro have a nice day and God Bless ( Beeeagle thinks highly of you and that is enough for me to do the same).

    • Eeben says:

      Fully understood and accepted Capt!
      We need to remember that our National/Vital Interests often clash with the Foreign Interests of those who seek our downfall.
      I have had to endure foreign PMCs telling me they have a contract to “do Africa” and want to know if I have any people we could let them use who speak “African”. When someone has no clue of our continent, how on earth can they even get a contract to assist a government let alone make a positive impact. Yet, it happens…That is our tragedy. Then there are those that believe they have a “divine right” to tell our governments and armed forces what to do, how to do it and especially how to do it on their behalf.
      To say I am sick of the hypocrisy would be an understatement.
      Rgds,
      Eeben

  16. KKY says:

    Captain Tobias Wilcox……May you live long

  17. danbaba01 says:

    Great pieace capt tobias, i totally concur with you on all fours.

    • ozed says:

      The guys is an ex seal and adventurer to boot.
      Impressive.

      Guys lets cut him some slack, he has given us the best and most positive narrative we have today on this crises. His understanding may not be perfect, but he is the best we have since our home grown equivalents either lack the capacity or will to achieve this.

      I score him a 70% on a scale of hundred, which is excellent given that the class average is 35% (other classmates being local media, Dhq’s PR team, CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera etc.).

      Bottom line our operatives need to do more in the communication area, far more than we are doing now. We have so far displayed a total lack of imagination in the conveyance of our narrative!!!!

      • tbite says:

        You are a little too generous on Al Jazeera..i would score them 15%, if I was in a good mood, 5% if I was in a bad mood.

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