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Opinion: The Capture Of ISWAP Top Commander By Troops In Borno Shows Terrorists Are In Trouble

The decade-long insurgency has enabled the Nigerian military to become an expert in counter-insurgency strategies. The lessons learned, include using ISR platforms to foresee and predict insurgent use of deception and ambush operations, as well as improvised explosives. Insurgents are no slouch trust me.

They have devised ingenious methods to counter Nigeria's overwhelming superiority in conventional power by extensive planning of hostage-taking, ambush sites, the use of deception, the development of IEDs, suicide bombers, and the utilization of the internet and mass media as information outlets to further their cause. Why Twitter allows these groups on their platform is beyond me. Although that does not deter the resolve of the gallant Nigerian troops who are determined to eliminate all terrorists seeking sanctuary in the forest.

Due to the military determination, it has been confirmed that troops of Operation Hadin Kai in Maiduguri have captured ISWAP's top commander in Diffa alive. The Commander waste captured after hours of a gun duel with the insurgents. With the support of the air component, several of the insurgents were neutralized by the troops, and a few of them were captured as they try to flee from the superior firepower from our gallant military.

Someone asked how terrorists manage to fund their operations? It will surprise you to know that we have certain politicians in the government that actively give financial assistance to these groups for partisan reasons. They rustle cows, engage in illegal arms racketeering, rob banks, receive millions in ransom payments, foreign NGO money is certainly not an issue with transnational terror groups.

The Nigerian military is no slouch either. The counter-insurgency skills developed by the military include the ability to recognize ambush sites and IEDs, spot and disarm mines, the use of civilians as reconnaissance groups are one area in the Nigerian military that has failed woefully. F-9 in CAPS is in its inability to create special information centers to feed the official Nigerian version of events to the media and Nigerians at large.

Credit: Defence News Nigeria

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