Posted by News Express | 6 May 2014 | 4,880 times
The United States of America plans to use three channels to attack the dreaded Islamic sect, Boko Haram.
A UK newspaper, Telegraph said this following the video showing Shekau, the sect leader threatening to sell the abducted schoolgirls.
The newspaper which said the West may use drones to tackle the dreaded sect, quoted a US official with direct access to intelligence reports saying that Nigeria and US are sharing intelligence.
According to the Telegraph, Shekau’s threats to sell the abducted girls may increase pressure for West to use drone planes in search.
The United States Government has established a drone base in neighbouring Niger Republic which is within striking distance of Northern Nigeria.
Already, is sharing intelligence with Nigeria to help in the search, a US official with direct knowledge of the situation said.
“We are sharing intelligence that may be relevant to this situation. You are going to see a focus on this in all three channels of government: diplomatic, intelligence and military,” the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
“The scope and scale of the attack is worrisome because it shows the ‘brazen’ lengths Boko Haram will go to and suggests a planning and logistics capability for a large-scale operation,” the official added.
Meanwhile, US Attorney General Eric Holder is offering to send FBI agents to help rescue the kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls, a senior Justice Department source told The Huffington Post yesterday.
Holder has also ordered an intelligence assessment of Boko Haram, which the US designated as a terrorist organisation in November 2013.
“Let me be clear,” Secretary of State John Kerry said Saturday during a trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo, “the kidnapping of hundreds of children by Boko Haram is an unconscionable crime, and we will do everything possible to support the Nigerian government to return these young women to their homes.”
It is unclear whether Nigeria will accept help from the FBI as the country has not yet asked for help from the US.
•Photo shows a US drone, the type of which may be deployed in the war against Boko Haram.
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