Central Africa launches regional war against Boko Haram

Peace and Freedom

New regional war unfolding in central Africa as Nigeria, Cameroon, Niger and Chad unite against Boko Haram – with help from France, America and Britain

A family gather their belongings after Nigeria's Boko Haram rebels carried out a cross-border attack on the Chadian village of Ngouboua: Central Africa regional war launched to tackle Boko Haram
A family gather their belongings after Nigeria’s Boko Haram rebels carried out a cross-border attack on the Chadian village of Ngouboua. Photo: AFP/GETTY
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By David Blair,N’Djamena
The Telegraph

An MI-24 helicopter gunship, bristling with rockets, clattered over the swirling brown current of the Chari river before landing in Chad’s capital, N’Djamena.

Moments later, two state-of-the-art Rafale jets – the pride of the French air force – swept overhead, bound for the same airport.

This constant procession of military aircraft through the skies above Chad bears witness to a new regional war now unfolding in central Africa – and to the arms-length involvement of the leading Western powers.

On the face of it, the new conflict pits the armies of four African countries…

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