US Planes Search Nigeria for Girls, But Can’t Say What They Found

US military spy planes have been deployed to northern Nigeria, and are combing the area in search of 276 girls kidnapped by Boko Haram. The planes are confirmed to have “collected some intelligence.”

nigeriaSounds a little vague, right? Well don’t expect them to ever confirm finding anything at all, because US law forbids sharing intelligence with countries with “significant human rights violations,” like Nigeria.

The US has deployed 26 “advisers” to Nigeria to help with the search for the girls, who are believed to be in the forest outside of the town from which they were captured.

The kidnappings have drawn unusual attention to the multi-year terror campaign of Boko Haram, and the Obama Administration seems eager, as ever, to jump on board with any conflict they can throw military assets at.

Six Killed as Boko Haram Attacks in Nigeria

Azare Area Banks, Police Stations Targeted

At least six people were killed and five injured overnight as Nigerian militant faction Boko Haram launched a number of attacks across the Azare Area, in the Bauchi State in the nation’s north.

Several targets were attacked overnight, including two banks and the local police headquarters. The militants reportedly used rocket launchers as well as homemade explosives in destroying the buildings.

The attacks were followed by a four hour gunbattle between the Boko Haram forces and local military. Police say the attackers likely came from neighboring states and were not local to Bauchi.

Boko Haram got its start as an anti-intellectual movement that railed at schools for teaching that the earth was round and eschewed “blasphemous” weapons like firearms and explosives in favor of swords and bows. The Nigerian military massacred a large number of group in 2009, and since then the organization has adopted more modern tactics and equipment, becoming a serious threat in several parts of Nigeria.

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