News / Africa

Cameroon, Chad Deploy Troops to Fight Boko Haram

FILE - Chadian soldiers sit on a pickup truck as they leave Bangui on April 4, 2014, escorted by African-led International Support Mission to the Central African Republic (MISCA) forces (not pictured).
FILE - Chadian soldiers sit on a pickup truck as they leave Bangui on April 4, 2014, escorted by African-led International Support Mission to the Central African Republic (MISCA) forces (not pictured).
Cameroon and Chad have sent a thousand troops to their borders with Nigeria to fight the Islamist group Boko Haram. The troops were deployed shortly after leaders from the two countries met in Yaounde and declared war against the violent group.

These are soldiers of Cameroon's rapid intervention battalion singing in excitement as they leave Yaounde, capital of the West African country, for the border with Nigeria. They headed out barely a day after Presidents Idriss Deby of Chad and Paul Biya of Cameroon announced they are waging war on Boko Haram.

Colonel Didier Badjeck, spokesperson of the Cameroon military told VOA that the soldiers will work with the local people to find out who members of the violent group are, since the soldiers are aware they will be fighting an enemy that uses unconventional tactics.

"We have occupied the field so that the response should be more spontaneous. I want to say that we need total collaboration from the public. This will encourage us in the field to know exactly that people are thinking about us and are supporting their defense forces. We specially await information from the population," said Badjeck.

Before the soldiers left, Cameroon's defense minister, Edgard Allain Mebe Ngo'o met with Chad's minister of national defense, Benaindo Tatola, in Yaounde.  Ngo'o said Chad had also deployed troops to work together with Cameroonian forces on the borders with Nigeria. He also said troops from the two countries will cross into Nigeria and fight Boko Haram in collaboration with Nigerian forces.

Nigeria has often accused Cameroon of not doing enough to fight Boko Haram even though the terrorist group frequently crosses into Cameroonian territory. Cameroon has been attacked several times by Boko Haram.

Earlier this month, rebels from the violent group attacked a military post in Kousseri, Far North, Cameroon and freed one of their members being held there. They also attacked the locality of Waza in North Cameroon and stole 12 vehicles, kidnapped 10 Chinese workers and killed a Cameroonian soldier.

You May Like

UN Report Exposes Widespread Boko Haram Atrocities

Damning report graphically details pattern of vicious, widespread atrocities committed by Islamist militants More

Russia’s Prosecutor General to Review Legality of Baltics Independence

Move, announced Tuesday, has alarmed Baltic States and strained even further their increasingly tense ties with Moscow More

US Urged to Keep Up Pressure on Cuba Rights

Communist government continues to hold dozens of political prisoners, tightly restricts freedom of expression, uses threats, intimidation to discourage critics, according to activist groups More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: rich from: ghana
May 26, 2014 6:00 PM
It is really really sad that a whole country as bigger as Nigeria just sat so unconcerned for this boyscout grow and have now become a whole military team.I rem

by: A.Isah from: Nigeria
May 26, 2014 4:36 PM
Thanks,Cameroon and Chad and all nations out to help Nigeria at such a time like this.This is just the way to curb these type of menace in Africa bearing in mind that the worst enemy to fight in life is the enemy within.

by: Godwin from: Nigeria
May 26, 2014 12:40 PM
Good work Cameroon and Chad. Well done. But I have to say that the problem with Nigeria's fight against terror is Nigeria itself, not its neighbors, even if they are collaborating with the enemy. However, having gotten these border or boundary supports, Nigeria should have no more excuses to say boko haram escaped while being pursued by the Nigerian forces. Yet there still shootings and burnings of villages with reckless abandon, and there is no news of a chase anymore. Goes to prove that the problem is totally internal - the mention of the borders was just diversionary. But it is a shame for the so-called giant of Africa to be defeated by mere militancy to the point of inviting a coalition of international forces to help solve a simple internal problem. It points to a total lack of political goodwill to truly lead the country by the politicians.

The proponents, sponsors and insider operatives of boko haram in the country and the army have so weakened the Nigerian military that it looks likes an ordinary boyscout association operating with mere batons not guns. Now we have armies from Europe, Asia, Middle East and America fighting boko haram from inside and outside the shores of the country; we have Cameroon and Chad helming the borders in the north and east. What is the work of the Nigerian army? Has Nigeria become pulp because of politicking, thus making the army of no consequence even to withstand ordinary internal squabbles with mad politicians who must destroy the country if they are not allowed to rule?

Has the country gone bananas under a president that is unable to stand up to the security needs of the country but must remain in office just so that his tenure is fully utilized for himself and his tribe? This is trying times for Nigeria - not a time to be proud as a Nigerian. Nothing works - no electricity, politicians are in the game for personal gains only, there is no security for the ordinary citizens, no justice, now add kidnapping of schoolgirls, bombings everyday, shootings by insurgents and even cattle rearers, and a non-existent government from the federal to the states to the local governments. It's a hopeless and frustrating situation!

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Hate Groups Spread Influence Via Interneti
X
Mike O'Sullivan
June 30, 2015 8:20 PM
Hate groups of various kinds are using the Internet for propaganda and recruitment, and a Jewish human rights organization that monitors these groups, the Simon Wiesenthal Center, says their influence is growing. The messages are different, but the calls to hatred or violence are similar. VOA's Mike O’Sullivan reports.
Video

Video Hate Groups Spread Influence Via Internet

Hate groups of various kinds are using the Internet for propaganda and recruitment, and a Jewish human rights organization that monitors these groups, the Simon Wiesenthal Center, says their influence is growing. The messages are different, but the calls to hatred or violence are similar. VOA's Mike O’Sullivan reports.
Video

Video US Silica Sand Mining Surge Worries Illinois Residents, Businesses

Increased domestic U.S. oil and gas production, thanks to advances known as “fracking,” has created a boom for other industries supporting that extraction. Demand for silica sand, used in fracking, could triple over the next five years. In the Midwest state of Illinois, people living near the mines are worried about how increased silica sand mining will affect their businesses and their health. VOA’s Kane Farabaugh has more in this first of a series of reports.
Video

Video Blind Somali Journalist Defies Odds in Mogadishu

Despite improving security in the last few years, Somalia remains one of the most dangerous countries to be a journalist – even more so for someone who cannot see. Abdulaziz Billow has the story of journalist Abdifatah Hassan Kalgacal, who has been reporting from the Somali capital for the last decade despite being blind.
Video

Video Texas Defies Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Texas state officials have criticized the US Supreme Court decision giving same-sex couples the right to marry nationwide. The attorney general of Texas says last week's decision did not overrule constitutional "rights of religious liberty," and therefore officials performing wedding services can refuse to perform them for same-sex couples if it is against their religious beliefs. Zlatica Hoke reports on the controversy.
Video

Video Syrians Flee IS Advance in Hasaka

The Syrian government said Monday it has taken back one of several districts in Hasaka overrun by Islamic State militants. But continued fighting elsewhere in the northern city has forced thousands of civilians from their homes. In this report narrated by Bill Rodgers, VOA Kurdish Service reporter Zana Omer describes the scene in Amouda, where some of the displaced are taking refuge.
Video

Video Rabbi Hits Road to Heal Jewish-Muslim Relations in France

France is on high alert after last week's terrorist attack near the city Lyon, just six months after deadly Paris shootings. The attack have added new tensions to relations between French Jews and Muslims. France’s Jewish and Muslim communities also share a common heritage, though, and as far as one French rabbi is concerned, they are destined to be friends. From the Paris suburb of La Courneuve, Lisa Bryant reports about Rabbi Michel Serfaty and his friendship bus.
Video

Video S. Korea Christians Protest Gay Rights Festival

The U.S. Supreme Court decision mandating marriage equality nationwide has energized gay rights supporters around the world. Gay rights remain a highly contentious issue in a key U.S. ally, South Korea, where police did a deft job Sunday of preventing potential clashes between Christian protesters and gay activists. Kurt Achin reports from Seoul.
Video

Video Saudi Leaks Expose ‘Checkbook Diplomacy’ In Battle With Iran

Saudi Arabia’s willingness to wield its oil money on the global diplomatic stage appears to have been laid bare, after the website WikiLeaks published tens of thousands of leaked cables from Riyadh’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. VOA's Henry Ridgwell reports.
Video

Video Nubians in Kenya Face Land Challenges

East Africa's ethnic Nubians have a rich cultural history that dates back thousands of years, but in Kenya they are facing hardships, including the loss of lands they have lived on for generations. They say the government has reneged on its pledge to award them title deeds for the plots. VOA's Lenny Ruvaga reports.
Video

Video Military Experts Question New Russian Tank Capabilities

Russia has been showing off its new tank design – the Armata T-14. Designers claim it is 20 years ahead of current Western designs - and driving it feels like playing a computer game. But military analysts question those assertions, and warn the cost could be too heavy a burden for Russia’s struggling economy. Henry Ridgwell reports.
Video

Video In Kenya, Police Said to Shoot First, Ask Questions Later

An organization that documents torture and extrajudicial killings says Kenyan police were responsible for 1,252 shooting deaths in five cities, including Nairobi, between 2009 and 2014, representing 67 percent of all gun deaths in the areas reviewed. Gabe Joselow has more from Nairobi.
Video

Video In Syrian Crisis, Social Media Offer Small Comforts

Za’atari, a makeshift city in Jordan, may be the only Syrian refugee camp to tweet its activities, in an effort to keep donors motivated as the war in Syria intensifies and the humanitarian crisis deepens. Inside the camp, families say mobile phone applications help hold together families that are physically torn apart. VOA’s Heather Murdock reports.

VOA Blogs