Yesterday, Western media was pushing a narrative that led readers to believe that the Boko Haram’s pledge to the Islamic State would strengthen the African militant group. Fox News, apparently unaware of today’s events, is still pushing this narrative:
“By joining ISIS, Nigerian-based Islamic terror group Boko Haram has likely gained unprecedented power, resources and reach”
Yesterday, The Fifth Column informed its readers:
“The timing of the pledge is noteworthy. Chad, Nigeria, Niger, Benin, and Cameroon have put together a special multinational force numbering around 10,000 to assault the Boko Haram. The Boko Haram’s response was to fall back to the city of Gwoza in northeast Nigeria and to fortify the routes leading into the city with landmines. This wasn’t a pledge of allegiance. This was a call for help. The Boko Haram have, in essence, fallen back to the Alamo and are waiting for reinforcements. Just like the Alamo, those reinforcements won’t be coming.”
It was that multinational force that inflicted casualties on the Boko Haram at a rate of 30 to 1 today. Damasak was a Boko Haram stronghold last week; today it is firmly in the hands of the Nigerian government.
The elections in the country had been postponed due to fighting and fear of Boko Haram attacks. They are now scheduled for March 28.
There is a high likelihood that the Boko Haram forces that are not wiped out by the multinational force’s offensive will flee into unpopulated areas and return to harassing the government with hit-and-run attacks, but it seems likely that the days of major operations conducted by the Boko Haram are coming to an end.