Friday, 6 May 2016

USA to send 12 attack aircraft for combat against Islamic sect Boko Haram

The USA government plans to approve a sale of 12 A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft for the fight against the Islamic sect Boko Haram in Nigeria, Reuters reports. 

U.S. officials speaking on condition of anonymity say Washington also is giving more intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance assets to the campaign against the insurgents to assist President Muhammadu Buhari in his bid to end insurgency in the country.

The country plans to organise additional training to Nigerian infantry forces. The officials said that the probable sale was preferred within the U.S. government but is subject to review by Congress. It highlights the developing U.S. involvement in assisting governments in North and West Africa fight terroristic organisations. 

The deepening U.S. army cooperation is a political victory for President Buhari, who took office last year promising to crack down on the extensive corruption that has undermined the armed forces in Nigeria. 

“The Buhari administration I think has really reenergized the bilateral relationship in a fundamental way,” one U.S. official said. 

“Buhari made clear from the get-go that his number one priority was reforming the military to defeat Boko Haram … And he sees us as part of that solution,” a second official added.

Source- Reuters

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