Israeli Mapping Intelligence, Determination: Factors Behind Chadian Forces Ability To Rout Out Boko Haram Insurgents

The Oasis Reporters

April 6, 2020

President Idris Deby of Chad (middle).

Mid-March 2020 or thereabouts , Bokoharam fighters ambushed Nigerian forces in the Alargano forest. Over 40 soldiers and 5 officers were killed. A plethora of units comprising 120 battalion troops, 121 batt, Artillery units, sector 2 troops etc were on a clearance mission into #Bokoharam enclave, according to Edward, a Private Military Contractor(Humint), Naval Intelligence, Counter Terrorism/Insurgency. #Military watcher.

As if that was not bad enough, several men were “still missing as the KIA numbers may rise.
Investigation into the heavy loss which initial reports confirms defect in the mission OpSec is currently on by the Nigerian Defence Chief”,
Edward tweeted.

In addition, several equipment including 105mm Artillery Gun, an M-21 Grad 9K51 MLRS 122mm multiple launch rocket system were destroyed by the terrorists.

Rising from that attack on Nigerian troops, Boko Haram pushed it’s luck slightly further by attacking Chadian troops and killing scores of them.
Chad, a semi arid, to desert country where it was said, then Major General Muhammadu Buhari under late President Shehu Shagari once chased straying Chadian rebels 50km back into their country from Nigeria. Gen. Buhari pursued and gave “them a bloody nose” in the early 80s.

The Chadian Army has evolved into a no nonsense military. The attack angered the country’s president, Idris Deby, such that he described the attack as the worst on Chad ever. Within 48 hours, President Idris Deby personally led the Chadian military on an offensive across even Nigerian territory to confront Boko Haram. The social media is awash with jubilant Nigerian soldiers cheering the Chadian Army along the way. .

How did this happen?

Edward who tweets @DonKlericuzio wrote,
“On the request of Chad, Israeli Airforce mapped out the entire Lake Chad, both natural and artificial islands for Chad which aided the offensive”, he tweeted.

The rout was so total, President Idris Deby said,
“.. mais nous savons là où il est… ” (but we know where he is…) .Obviously, Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau appears to be on the run.

Chadian troops destroyed Boko Haram bases in Niger, Nigeria, and discovered hundreds of weapons belonging to the sect.

And Chadian troops have continued their massive bombardment of Boko Haram enclaves.

The major onslaught commenced on Sunday March 29, 2020.

Troops have been recording successes to the extent that the sect leader, Abubakar Shekau, released an audio asking his fleeing fighters to remain at the battlefield.

The Boko Haram bases and hideouts destroyed were about five. and hundreds of assorted weapons were recovered.

The bases, located in Niger and Nigeria, were targeted in the ongoing “Operation Boma’s Wrath”.

In reaction, Chad’s presidency vowed to sustain the raid against the insurgents wherever they were hiding.

Boma is where the terror group killed over 90 soldiers nearly two weeks ago.

On a visit to the scene, Idris Deby vowed to ensure the crush of Boko Haram around the Lake Chad region.

The military, within a few days, deployed gun trucks, gunships, armoured vehicles and troops currently at war.

Their superior firepower has caused deaths of scores of insurgents while others are running away from their positions.

On Twitter, intelligence expert, Edward @DonKlericuzio, posted a video of an earlier battle at Kelkoua near Lake Chad.

“Chadian forces fire rockets and 12.5mm rounds on #BokoHaram fighters from both flanks. Several BHT bunkers were discovered and destroyed, according to
Daily Post, a Nigerian news medium.

A military watcher observes that Chad with an annual budget for 2020 that is $2bn recording the amazing success in their blitzkrieg against Boko Haram, whereas Nigeria has probably spent more than half that money on military hardware alone.

The question therefore is, why is Chad making progress in the war against BHT when they’ve spent far less than Nigeria in the purchase of military hardware while the Nigerian military has not been able to make such progress?

Nigeria needs to rejig it’s war machinery to bring peace to the embattled North East.

Greg Abolo

Blogger at The Oasis Reporters.

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