Nigerian soldiers line up in formation before participating in target practice facilitated by U.S. Army soldiers during Operation Flintlock 2007. U.S. Navy photo

Nigeria Is at War With Islamist Ghosts

Government deploys thousands of soldiers to suppress Boko Haram, but knows almost nothing about the armed group

Peter Dörrie
Sep 9, 2013 · 6 min read
A Nigerian police officer serving with a Formed Police Unit (FPU) of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) in an armored personnel carrier. A.U./U.N./Stuart Price photo

An opaque enemy

A Nigerian police officer serving with a Formed Police Unit (FPU) of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) takes up an observational position. A.U./U.N./Stuart Price photo

No effective counter-strategy

Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan addresses the U.N. General Assembly. U.N./J. Carrier photo

Forcing negotiations

War Is Boring

From drones to AKs, high technology to low politics, exploring how and why we fight above, on and below an angry world

    Peter Dörrie

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    Reporting on development, resources, international politics and security in Africa. Find me on Twitter: @PeterDoerrie

    War Is Boring

    From drones to AKs, high technology to low politics, exploring how and why we fight above, on and below an angry world