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ICC Note: Top military officials from Niger, Chad, Cameroon, Benin, and Nigeria met in Nigeria’s capital Abuja to talk strategy in defeating militant Islamists Boko Haram. New Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has set this goal at the top of his security agenda. Accomplishing it would mean destroying the largest threat facing persecuted Christians in northern Nigeria. Boko Haram has waged a six-year campaign of mayhem in the region where Christians are specifically targeted for kidnapping, rape, murder and are compelled to convert to Islam.

6/10/15 Abuja, Nigeria (AllAfrica) – Military top brass from Nigeria and surrounding countries met on Tuesday, June 9, 2015, to thrash out plans to take on Boko Haram, as new Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari takes early steps aimed at defeating the insurgents.

Chiefs of Defence Staff from Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Cameroon and Benin were holding talks in Abuja to determine strategies for a new African Union-backed regional force against the insurgents.

The long-awaited Multi-National Joint Task Force, which was due to have been operational in November, has its headquarters in Chad’s capital, N’Djamena, under a senior Nigerian officer.

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