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January 23, 2015
Chad strongman wins control of regional fight against Boko Haram
Libreville (AFP) Jan 22, 2015
Chad's President Idriss Deby has secured control of regional operations against deadly Boko Haram Islamists, riding roughshod over his supposed allies in a week-long diplomatic and military offensive. The strategy bore fruit on Wednesday, after a day of talks in Niger's capital, Niamey, when the African Union confirmed that the headquarters of a new regional force would be based in N'Djamena. There have been months of disagreement among the countries directly threatened by Boko Haram - Nigeria, ... read more

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Cameroon air strikes hit Boko Haram for first time
Cameroon has sent warplanes into action against Nigerian Boko Haram fighters for the first time, after the large force of jihadists crossed the border and seized a military camp, the government said. ... more
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DR Congo ex-rebels found in Uganda refugee camp
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Congolese colonel gets life for crimes against humanity
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