West African Leaders Agree on Plan to ‘Crush’ Boko Haram

“An international coordinated effort brought together African nations often at odds Saturday, in order to suppress the violent Islamist group that kidnapped over 200 girls in Nigeria last month”

TIME

The United States joined five West African nations, France and the United Kingdom on Saturday to coordinate a multi-state crackdown on Boko Haram, the extremist Islamist group that abducted more than 200 schoolgirls in Nigeria last month.

At a meeting in Paris organized by French President François Hollande, heads of state of Cameroon, Niger, Chad, Benin and Nigeria met to discuss a medium- to long-term plan on sharing surveillance information, intelligence and military resources, the New York Times reports. U.S. and E.U. representatives also attended.

The summit was requested by President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria. “Without West African countries coming together, we will not be able to crush these terrorists,” Jonathan said. Cameroonian President Paul Biya said: “We are here to declare war on Boko Haram,” according to the BBC, while President Idriss Deby of Chad said it would be “total war”.

Until Saturday’s meeting, there had been little…

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