Global Conflict: Niger

Source: Nossiter, Adam. "Niger Adds Its Troops to the War on Boko Haram." New York Times 11 Feb. 2015: A3(L). Global Issues In Context. Web. 29 Apr. 2015.


Niger Joins the War

The National Assembly unanimously agreed to contribute Niger's troops to the war with the Boko Haram militant group. Niger has a history of being attacked by different Islamist extremists. People in Niger's main city, Diffa, are worried about future attacks now that the group has bombed a vegetable market and attacked a prison in Niger, killing many civilians in the process.

The main opponent is the Boko Haran militant group. Other countries involved include Chad, Cameroon, and Benin who have contributed troops to fight agains Boko Haram. Boko Haram has used terrorists to attack these African countries, so Niger's contribution of troops is a necessary means to defend the country. There are American and French drones based in Niger. There is no indication that any efforts have been made to solve the conflict nonviolently. As Niger and Boko Haram have made no effort in the past to establish a peace agreement, they should form a compromise so that the attacks against Niger and its authorities can come to an end.

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