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2013-07-02 Africa Subsaharan
Large parts of town razed by troops hunting Boko Haram insurgents
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Posted by Fred 2013-07-02 00:00|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [371 views ]  Top
 File under: Boko Haram 

#1 "Marching through Baga."
Posted by g(r)omgoru 2013-07-02 02:26||   2013-07-02 02:26|| Front Page Top

#2 Troops completely "razed" five wards of the town of Baga during the rampage,

It's the usual third world response in draining the swamp. Makes it hard for guerrillas to swim among the population if the population isn't there to swim among.
Posted by Procopius2k 2013-07-02 07:57||   2013-07-02 07:57|| Front Page Top

#3 There is indeed a danger for the Nigerian army: you can be so heavy-handed that you end up pissing off the people more than Boko Haram has. They might want to study what worked and didn't work for us in Iraq.
Posted by Steve White 2013-07-02 08:31||   2013-07-02 08:31|| Front Page Top

#4 Lacking the money and resources (and disciplined soldiers), they may be taking a page from the Sri Lanka experience.
Posted by Procopius2k 2013-07-02 09:38||   2013-07-02 09:38|| Front Page Top

#5 Or the Congo. Or Biafra during their own civil war.
Posted by Pappy 2013-07-02 10:19||   2013-07-02 10:19|| Front Page Top

#6 Ref the page from Sri Lanka's book:
Richard Fernandez of Belmont Club noted that the government had a terrific weapon in the fight against the rebels: The Sri Lankans; government, army, civil service, population, are not white. Thus, concerns about human rights violations were almost invisible and never something which needed to be calculated into various strategies.
Posted by Richard Aubrey  2013-07-02 13:58||   2013-07-02 13:58|| Front Page Top

Thus, concerns about human rights violations were almost invisible and never something which needed to be calculated into various strategies.

Except that they're fighting Muslims, so that calculation works the other way.
Posted by Rob Crawford 2013-07-02 17:21||   2013-07-02 17:21|| Front Page Top

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