Countering Myths by Analysis of Boko Haram’s Operations

how has Boko Haram been able to conduct the attacks that it has perpetrated in the past?Boko Haram is currently receiving substantial international attention, which in turn has shone a spotlight on the Nigerian government, and the Nigerian military in particular. A question increasingly asked is: how has Boko Haram been able to conduct the attacks that it has perpetrated in the past, and especially, how it has seemingly ramped up its terror attacks over the past few months?  Video: April 19, 2014  Boko Haram militants claimed responsibility for a deadly bomb attack on a bus station near Nigeria's capital Abuja. Has the Group Actually Grown in Strength? Much of the current commentary suggests that the group has grown substantially in strength, especially relative to the Nigerian military. The group’s size and operational capacity have been reported to be significant. In some more dramatic accounts, the group seems more like a rebel army than a ragtag group of…

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Conway Waddington

Conway Waddington is doctoral candidate at the University of Johannesburg, and is a senior conflict and security analyst at Consultancy Africa Intelligence. He is also a correspondent for African...