Four Reasons US Intervention in Nigeria Is a Bad Idea

Superpowers can’t be superheroes by Ed Krayewski, Reason.org – Earlier this week the Nigerian government accepted an offer from the United States that involved deploying a special security team to participate in the attempted rescue of nearly 300 girls kidnapped last month by the Islamist extremists Boko Haram. The girls were taken from a government school in Chibok. About fifty girls were able to escape the kidnap attempt, and provide details about how the kidnapping took place. One girl said the Boko Haram men told them they were soldiers and that nothing would happen to them. Then they set fire to the storage room and started shouting “Allahu Akhbar,” according to the girl, who said it was then they knew what was actually happening. Earlier this week the Nigerian government accepted an offer from the United States that involved deploying a special security team to participate in the attempted...

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US officials fear for abducted Nigerian girls

US says some of the 276 kidnapped schoolgirls may have been smuggled into bordering countries, complicating search US officials have said they are worried that many of the schoolgirls who were abducted in Nigeria last month may have now been smuggled across Nigeria’s borders into other countries which could complicate the search to find them. The government is still searching for the 276 students, who are aged 16 to 18, who were kidnapped in the northeast of the country by Boko Haram, an armed group designated by Washington as a “terrorist” organisation. “We cannot close our eyes to the clear evidence of barbarity unfolding before us in Nigeria,” said Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar, who was addressing the Senate. As anger and frustration escalates in Nigeria at the government’s failure to find the girls, six US senators have introduced a resolution calling for action. “We and our African allies should do everything to help the Nigerian government rescue innocent...

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