An Amnesty International statement said there are reports the town was razed and as many as 2,000 people killed.
If true, "this marks a disturbing and bloody escalation of Boko Haram's ongoing onslaught," said Daniel Eyre, Nigeria researcher for Amnesty International.
The previous bloodiest day in the uprising involved soldiers gunning down unarmed detainees freed in a March 14, 2014, attack on Giwa military barracks in Maiduguri city. Amnesty said then that satellite imagery indicated more than 600 people were killed that day.
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria -- A Chadian warplane and ground troops drove Boko Haram fighters from a Nigerian border town, leaving it strewn with the bodies of the Islamic extremists, witnesses said Friday. The African Union moved to send ground forces to Nigeria and the U.S. said it would assist.Thursday's fighting marked the first such action by foreign troops on Nigerian soil to fight the Islamic extremists, and it came on the heels of a plea from an official deeper inside Nigerian territory who said Boko Haram militants were on the rampage and no help was being sent
Residents said the Islamic extremists were rampaging through villages in Adamawa State, and state legislator Adamu Kamale said he has appealed in vain to authorities to send troops since the attacks began.
People fleeing militant attacks in neighboring Borno state, meanwhile, reported Boko Haram fighters warning they were preparing "a big grave" for them in Maiduguri, the biggest city in the northeast, where troops repelled an offensive by hundreds of militants Sunday. A senior U.S. official told reporters that the United States government would take a role in the fight against Boko Haram.
"We are prepared to provide technical support, training and equipment to fight the Boko Haram group. The group's activity in the region has clearly affected our attention in Africa away from development," said Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Africa.
Are elements of the Nigerian government, perhaps with foreign help, staging or assisting “Boku Haram” attacks? Could this be just the latest example of a worldwide trend: The creation and deployment of brutal Takfiri militant groups to smear Islam in service to Zionism and imperialism?
Ankara (AFP) - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday blasted Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu for "daring" to attend an anti-terror solidarity march in Paris, accusing him of leading "state terrorism" against the Palestinians.
The comments, at a press conference in Ankara with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas, were the latest verbal assault against Netanyahu by Erdogan under whose rule Turkey's relations with Israel have steadily deteriorated.
The Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, praised President
Goodluck Jonathan Wednesday, after Nigeria pulled a last-minute surprise
that helped thwart a resolution calling for an end to Israeli
occupation of Palestinian territory by 2017.
The resolution, presented to the United Nations for approval, called for
new talks based on territorial lines that existed before Israel’s
occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip in 1967.
The proposal was the culmination of three months of campaigning by the
Palestinians at the UN, and was backed by 22 envoys from Arab states.
The Palestinians required nine votes from 15 permanent and non-permanent members of the UN Security Council.
Nigeria is currently one the 10 non-permanent members, with its tenure
expiring in 2015. Chad and Rwanda are the other African members.
But Palestine received eight votes, short of one, during the vote which took place 11pm Nigerian time.
The United States and Australia voted against the resolution, while
Russia, China, France, Luxembourg, Jordan, Argentina, Chile and Chad
voted for the resolution.
Nigeria, Britain, South Korea, Rwanda and Lithuania abstained.
Nigeria’s role stood out because until shortly before the vote,
diplomats had expected the resolution to get nine “yes” votes, with
Nigeria believed to be in support.
But at the last minute, Nigeria’s envoy, Joy Ogwu, abstained from
voting, echoing the position of the United States that the ultimate path
to peace between Israel and Palestine lies “in a negotiated solution”.
Regardless of whether Palestine received nine votes, the resolution
still stood no chance as U.S. would have deployed its veto powers as a
permanent member to block it.
But analysts believe the U.S. sought to avoid that scenario as it would
have angered Arab allies who are currently supporting a US-led
international coalition against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria,
To save the U.S. from that awkward position, its Secretary of States,
John Kerry, reached out to Nigeria to help block the move, the Times of
After the vote, U.S. envoy, Samantha Power, said “We voted against this
resolution not because we are comfortable with the status quo. We voted
against it because… peace must come from hard compromises that occur at
the negotiating table.”
The Prime Minister, Mr. Netanyahu, also said he personally spoke to President Jonathan and received his assurance of support.
“I would like to voice appreciation and thanks to the United States and
Australia, and also special appreciation for the president of Rwanda, my
friend Paul Kagame, and the president of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan. I
spoke with both of them. They told me and promised me, personally, that
they would not support this resolution. They kept their word, and that’s
what clinched this matter. I think this is very important for the state
of Israel,” Mr. Netanyahu said.
Some Israeli media hailed the cordial relations between Mr. Jonathan and
Mr. Netanyauhu, with the Times of Israel recalling how President
Jonathan visited Israel during his last pilgrimage with a 20-member
delegation, and how Mr. Netanyahu condoled with Nigeria after the Kano
Mosque blast that killed more than 100 people.
Nigeria’s position on the complex Israel and Palestine issue has been
that of neutrality for years, in the belief that any decision must be
attained through negotiations.
Nigeria has maintained that policy in what analysts believe is informed
by the government’s sensitivity to many factors including, not wanting
to be seen as supporting Palestine’s Hamas, or opposing the United
A major factor also is the religious angle back home, with many Nigerian
Muslims supporting Palestine, while there is also the Christianity
affiliation between Nigeria and Israel.
www.biblebelievers.org.au/13trindx.htmIn the second part of this book, "The Heritage," Mr. Koestler speculates about the ultimate faith of the Khazars and their impact on the racial composition and .
www.reformation.org/khazaria.html"The most cruel hoax which history has ever perpetrated" are the words used to describe this "Jewish" hoax or myth by a Khazar author named Arthur Koestler:.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Thirteenth_TribeKoestler's hypothesis is that the Khazars (who converted to Judaism in the 8th century) migrated westwards into Eastern Europe in the 12th and 13th centuries
truthtellers.org/alerts/GeneticResearchConfirmsKhazarTheory.htmlSep 12, 2012 - Koestler said that in about the 8th century AD the Khazars, a nation living in Central Urasia, converted to Judaism. They migrated to Poland and