Reports have emerged from Nigeria that South African military contractors are on the ground helping the Nigerian military deal some devastating blows to the terrorist organization known as Boko Haram. “The campaign gathered good momentum and wrested much of the initiative from the enemy,” says Eeben Barlow, the chairman of STTEP, a private military company (PMC) on the ground in Nigeria. Their presence has spurred a predictable and all-too-familiar cacophony from hand-wringing policy wonks, politicians, and media pundits lambasting the use of ‘apartheid’-era mercenaries in Nigeria’s bloody war against Islamic extremists.
Boko Haram, the so-called Nigerian Taliban, believes in the imposition of Sharia law and the rejection of Western culture. Their methods are brutal: employing assassinations, bombings, kidnappings, and massacres against civilian populations. Led by Abubakar Shekau, the terrorist organization has murdered thousands of civilians. The Nigerian Army has been at war with the group since 2009.
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