Reports early on Sunday, March 8th, from the capital city of Naimey, Niger, confirm that a “joint ground and air offensive” has been executed against the jihadist group known as Boko Haram along the country’s shared northern border with Nigeria. The swift joint assault was conducted right on the heels of the African Union’s endorsement to gather an 8,000-plus-strong “regional force to combat Boko Haram” two days before.
An unnamed source within the Nigerian military claimed that the ‘green light’ for the operation came from President Goodluck Jonathan’s cabinet in the capital city of Abuja, Nigeria. Chadian military spokesman Colonel Azem Bermandoa went on to confirm Chad’s involvement in the operation by stating that, “We can confirm that Chadian and Nigerian forces launched an offensive this morning from Niger. The offensive is underway.”
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