Niger troops to join regional fight against Boko Haram

Chadian soldiers patrol in the Cameroonian town of Fotokol, on the border with Nigeria, on February 3, 2015.Niger is set to send troops to Nigeria for the multi-national battle against Boko Haram after scores of people were killed in a fresh onslaught by the Islamist fighters in a key border town. AFP PHOTO | STEPHANE YAS

What you need to know:

  • Intervention from Niger would open a new northern front in the increasingly regional fight against the Islamist insurgents.
  • A government source said Niger's parliament will vote Monday on sending its troops to Nigeria to fight the militants, who have killed 3,000 people.
  • Nothing more than a stream, the Komadougou Yobe marks the frontier between Niger and Nigeria, and the water level has recently dropped considerably, making it easy for troops to cross.
  • Boko Haram has seized control of vast tracts of north-eastern Nigeria, including the strategic town of Baga in the Lake Chad region.



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