US Drones Air Strikes May Soon Start to Fall on Nigeria, Targeting Boko Haram.

The United States plans to work
with the Nigerian army to help it
combat the threat of the Islamist
group Boko Haram which is
spreading violence in Africa’s
largest oil producer, officials have said.
According to insiders reports, all
options are on the table in this
renewed collaboration with
Nigerian army in smoking out
Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria. However, Washington has still not
decided whether to put the
group on a blacklist of terrorist
organizations – even as gunfire
and explosions erupted in
Maiduguri on Tuesday. “This is an issue of ongoing
internal deliberations within the
United States government,” AFP
news agency quoted Assistant
Secretary of African Affairs
Johnnie Carson as saying after two days of high-level talks with
Nigerian officials in the U.S capital.
“The administration was trying to
make a decision which is
appropriate, rational and useful
while taking into account the significance of any decision that
we might make on Nigeria and
the Nigerian government,” he
added.
Maiduguri is at the center of
Boko Haram’s insurgency, which has claimed more than 1,000 lives
since mid-2009.
Boko Haram claimed responsibility
for a suicide bombing of UN
headquarters in Abuja in August
which killed at least 25 people. Its deadliest attack yet occurred
in January in the northern city of
Kano, when coordinated bombings
and shootings left at least 185
people dead.
The talks — held as part of the U.S-Nigeria Binational Commission
— focused on governance,
security cooperation, energy and
investment and food security.
Opening the talks on Monday,
Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns said the U.S was “ready to
explore a potential partnership
with the Nigerian army to build
its civil affairs capacity.”
“We are all disturbed by the
repeated scenes of violence in various parts of Nigeria which
threaten to undercut the gains
Nigeria has made,” he said.
“Violent extremist militants like
those associated with Boko
Haram offer no practical program to improve the lives on Nigerians.
They depend on resentment and
neglect,” Burns added.
Without providing concrete
details of what such a
partnership with the Nigerian military could look like, Carson
said the U.S experience in other
areas of conflict could help in
combating the situation in
Nigeria.

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