Nigeria: ‘war crimes’ in fight against Boko Haram

Thousands of women and girls who survived the brutal rule of the Boko Haram armed group have since been further abused by the Nigerian security forces who claim to be rescuing them, said Amnesty International in a new report. The report reveals how the Nigerian military and its paramilitary arm, the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF), have separated women from their husbands and confined them in remote "satellite camps," where they have been raped, sometimes forced to submit in exchange for food. Amnesty International has collected evidence that thousands have starved to death in the camps in Borno state since 2015. (Photo: IRIN)


Niger: army massacres displaced peasants

Niger's army killed 14 displaced peasants who were apparently mistaken for jihadists in a "free-fire zone" in the restive southeast, where Boko Haram militants stage regular attacks.

North America

Supreme Court to review Trump travel ban

The US Supreme Court agreed to review the Trump administration's travel ban, partially lifting the temporary injunction that had blocked the ban's enforcement.


US troops mobilized to Cameroon

The Pentagon has dispatched the first contingent of a 300-strong force to northern Cameroon, where they are to provide intelligence for the regional military alliance against Boko Haram.


Chad, Cameroon terror attacks target refugees

Coordinated suicide attacks left over 40 dead in villages in western Chad and northern Cameroon that host thousands of Nigerian refugees who have fled Boko Haram violence.


Chad president accused of war crimes

The special tribunal hearing the war crimes case against Chad's ex-dictator Hissène Habré will now also hear charges against sitting president Idriss Deby, Habré's former army chief.


More Boko Haram terror in Cameroon, Nigeria

Boko Haram, now calling itself Islamic State West Africa, carried out a wave of deadly suicide bombings as a multilateral military alliance prepares to take the field against the jihadists.


Boko Haram war spills into Chad

Authorities in Chad announced the arrest of key Boko Haram leaders amid a wave of deadly suicide bombngs in the capital, N'Djamena.


Chad to fight Boko Haram in Cameroon

Advance units of a thousands-strong Chadian intervention force arrived in Cameroon to fight Boko Haram rebels. A critical oil pipeline passes through the war-torn border.


#BringBackOurGirls: Obama sends in the drones

The Pentagon deploys 80 Air Force troops to Chad to maintain a drone force to assist in efforts to find the abducted Nigerian schoolgirls—as Nigerians organize self-defense militias.