New York Times: Chadian, Nigerien Forces Recapture Territory While Nigerian Army MIA

Chadian and Nigerien troops recaptured Damask in Borno state form Boko Haram, but according to the story in the New York Times, the foreign troops are looking for Nigerian soldiers to hand the town over to but the Nigerian army is no where to be found. Damask is a town with a population of about 200,000, but the town is currently totally empty as most residents are either killed or displaced.

The report highlights a major discrepancy between the reports from the Nigerian government and that from foreign forces in the so-called joint multinational army and foreign media. While the Nigerian Jonathan government is claiming it is recapturing territories, reports show something else with the Nigerian forces operations being more limited than is touted.

The Chadians have also complained that Nigeria told them to stand down while Boko Haram continues to inflict causalities on Nigerians; the Chadians said they will have defeated Boko Haram already if Nigeria had not told them to stop their advance for its political reasons.

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