Michelle Faul

  • Trump to sell attack planes to Nigeria for Boko Haram fight

    The Trump administration will move forward with the sale of high-tech aircraft to Nigeria for its campaign against Boko Haram Islamic extremists despite concerns over abuses committed by the African nation's security forces, according to U.S. officials.

  • U.S. Congress Representative, Darrell Issa, speaks during a press conference at the U.S embassy in Abuja Nigeria, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015. The United States is ready to provide military training to help Nigeria's battle against Islamic extremists, the leader of a U.S. Congressional delegation said here. Nigeria's military is not outgunned by Boko Haram and needs training, not arms, to defeat the insurgents blamed for the deaths of thousands in three countries, said Rep. Darrell Issa. (AP Photo/Olamikan Gbemiga)
    Issa: Nigeria's military needs training, not arms

    The United States is ready to provide military training to help Nigeria's battle against Islamic extremists, the leader of a U.S. congressional delegation said here.

  • Nigerian military says it destroyed Boko Haram headquarters

    Nigeria's military claims it has destroyed the headquarters of Boko Haram in Gwoza, a town in northeast Nigeria. It was not possible to verify Friday's victory that comes the day before critical presidential elections.

  • FILE -This Monday, May 12, 2014, file photo taken from video by Nigeria's Boko Haram terrorist network, shows their leader Abubakar Shekau speaking to the camera. Shekau has allegedly made a formal allegiance to the Islamic State on Saturday, March 7, 2015, in an Arabic audio message with English subtitles and was posted on Twitter, according to the SITE Intelligence monitoring service. (AP Photo, File)
    Nigeria's Boko Haram pledges allegiance to Islamic State

    ome-grown Boko Haram group, newly weakened by a multinational force that has dislodged it from a score of northeastern towns, reportedly pledged formal allegiance to the Islamic State group.

  • A Nigerian soldier patrols in Madama near the border with Lybia on January 1, 2015. French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian paid a surprise visit to northern Niger on January 1, to visit a base being built to combat the growing flow of weapons and jihadists from neighbouring Libya. Le Drian travelled from Chad to Madama, a desert outpost about 100 kilometres from Libya, where he saw in the New Year with troops at a French base. Madama is situated on the route used by jihadists and arms smugglers in southern Libya to reach northern Mali and Niger. AFP PHOTO / DOMINIQUE FAGET (Photo credit should read DOMINIQUE FAGET/AFP/Getty Images)
    Extremists seize multinational base on Nigeria-Chad border

    Boko Haram Islamic extremists have seized the headquarters of a multinationalmilitary force near Nigeria's border with Chad, just days after foreign troops abandoned the base, according to a community leader and residents who took to canoes to escape.