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Chadian general blasts Boko Haram as 'outright international enemy'

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Chadian general blasts Boko Haram as 'outright international enemy'

<p>From the field of conflict against the Nigerian insurgent group Boko Haram, euronews correspondent Luis Carballo has been talking to Army Chief of Staff General Brahim Seid Mahamat. He has been involved in a <a href="http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/regional-defence-chiefs-meet-on-offensive-against-boko-haram/204303/">coalition</a> against the radical militants since January. </p> <p>As part of an African Union-mandated regional offensive also including Niger and <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/goatsandsoda/2015/04/02/393647467/the-kids-brainwashed-by-boko-haram-are-silent-for-good-reason">Cameroon</a>, Chad’s battle-hardened troops have expelled the Islamist group from the major towns of northeast Nigeria in a matter of weeks.</p> <p>All these countries have suffered from Boko Haram’s attacks.</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en" align="center"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/GENOlukolade"><code>GENOlukolade</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/chad?src=hash">#chad</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BokoHaram?src=hash">#BokoHaram</a> Chadian army making progress in pushing back <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BokoHaram?src=hash">#BokoHaram</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/DlaminiZuma"></code>DlaminiZuma</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/MilitaryTimes"><code>MilitaryTimes</a> <a href="http://t.co/UVGLnF7jzN">pic.twitter.com/UVGLnF7jzN</a></p>&mdash; securityinafrica.com (</code>africansecurity) <a href="https://twitter.com/africansecurity/status/583504652609658880">April 2, 2015</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>Although soft-spoken during our interview, General Mahamat was critical of the Nigerian Army. He explained some of the key reasons for his country getting involved.</p> <p>“Chad imports almost everything it needs from Nigeria and Cameroon. The principle entry axis is by Maiduguri [the biggest city in north-eastern Nigeria, which is the heartland of the conflict] and through Gamburu. Imports cross Cameroon to get to Chad.</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en" align="center"><p>Fight Against Boko Haram: 200 Vehicles With Niger & Chad Soldiers Arrive Nigeria – <a href="http://t.co/R42hWwFFh5">http://t.co/R42hWwFFh5</a> <a href="http://t.co/AbgtZeQbnk">pic.twitter.com/AbgtZeQbnk</a></p>— 77even WebsiteDesign (@jos4kay) <a href="https://twitter.com/jos4kay/status/575361307953733632">March 10, 2015</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>“Boko Haram has totally blocked that axis; the Nigerian Army has been totally absent. All the towns along that axis have been taken by Boko Haram. Then the militants tried to move into Cameroon, thereby creating a situation all the way along that axis. That is one of the reasons that Chad was forced to intervene.</p> <p>“The second reason is that Boko Haram is trying to extend its reach into the other countries that border northern Nigeria’s three provinces. That’s how they are starting to make inroads into Niger and Chad.</p> <p>“I would say that Boko Haram is an outright enemy of the international community, terrorists. That goes for Niger, Nigeria, Chad or Cameroon. They are individuals who are harming our people and our countries.”</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en" align="center"><p>En 5 ans, <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BokoHaram?src=hash">#BokoHaram</a> a tué entre 10 000 et 25 000 personnes. 1,5 million forcées à l'exil. <a href="http://t.co/P3dpCawJ1P">http://t.co/P3dpCawJ1P</a> <a href="http://t.co/0xqTZX8Vuk">pic.twitter.com/0xqTZX8Vuk</a></p>— Breaking3zero (@Breaking3zero) <a href="https://twitter.com/Breaking3zero/status/582449800576004096">March 30, 2015</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en" align="center"><p>A peine élu, Buhari déclare la guerre à Boko Haram <a href="http://t.co/Addd2kbfN8">http://t.co/Addd2kbfN8</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Monde?src=hash">#Monde</a> <a href="http://t.co/Xaiyf4DkgG">pic.twitter.com/Xaiyf4DkgG</a></p>— Tribune de Genève (@tdgch) <a href="https://twitter.com/tdgch/status/583360717404831746">April 1, 2015</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>Nigeria’s new President, Muhammadu Buhari, branded his predecessor Goodluck Jonathan’s reliance on Chad to suppress the insurgency as a <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/04/02/us-nigeria-violence-boko-haram-analysis-idUSKBN0MT1G320150402">national disgrace</a>, and promises to do better.</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en" align="center"><p>Soldiers from Chad and Niger kill 'hundreds' of <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Boko?src=hash">#Boko</a> Haram militants in push to retake ground <a href="http://t.co/rZma0GnvoC">http://t.co/rZma0GnvoC</a> <a href="http://t.co/6Q4IPJ8oHu">pic.twitter.com/6Q4IPJ8oHu</a></p>— Christian Today (@ChristianToday) <a href="https://twitter.com/ChristianToday/status/583522279725916160">April 2, 2015</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p>