Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Nigeria and Allies Launch a Major Attack on Boko Haram

On Jan. 14, 2018, Boko Haram – an Islamist group from northeast Nigeria led by jihadist leader Abubakar Shekau – released a video depicting the remains of a Nigerian air force Mi-171 helicopter the group claimed it shot down.

The alleged shoot-down occurred amid an intensive new offensive targeting the group. On Jan. 8, Nigeria, Chad, Niger and Cameroon launched an operation aimed at two Boko Haram factions in the group’s Nigeria stronghold. The day the operation began, another Mi-17 crashed during a mission in northeast Nigeria.

Nigeria has battled Boko Haram since 2011. Cameroon, too, has fought the group for years. In mid-January 2015, the Chadian National Assembly approved Pres. Idris Déby’s request to deploy soldiers to support Cameroon.

1 comment :

  1. Bonjour,
    L'hélicoptère dont les photographies du crash ont été diffusées est de fabrication de Kazan, donc ce n'est pas un Mi-171. Il s'agit probablement d'un des deux Mi-17V-5 de la NEMA. C'est assez intéressant dans la mesure où les Mi-171 n'ont pas encore été observés au Nigeria.