Category Archives: Geopolitics

Boko Haram’s Rainy Season  Operations 2017: Shaping Operations in the vicinity of Lake Chad

Towards the end of April the rainy season begins, dry riverbeds and ponds fill up, streams and rivers flood, low lying land near water features become swampy. Farmers will begin planting, herdsmen will bring cattle to graze and water, fishermen … Continue reading

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Interesting Times (1): Syria, Russia, China and North Korea

The US President just ordered a cruise missile air strike on a Syrian air base after a Syrian military air raid on a rebel held town led to accusations of a chemical weapons attack. Whilst there are many theories and … Continue reading

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How to Create An Insurgency (2): Exercise Python Dance and 50 years of Biafra

Of the numerous issues facing Nigeria, it appears that the Nigerian government feels there are not enough. Agitation in South East Nigeria for the restoration of the former secessionist Republic of Biafra has seen a resurgence particularly before and after … Continue reading

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NORTHERN NIGERIA INTERNAL SECURITY SITREP- Week Ending 25 February 2017

Situation North East (Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States) 19 February Gunmen attacked YAZA KUMAZA Village, near LASSA, ASKIRA UBA LGA, BORNO State around 4.00pm killing 3 people and displacing the villagers into the bush. The attackers looted the town before … Continue reading

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NORTHERN NIGERIA INTERNAL SECURITY SITREP- Week Ending 04 February 2017

Situation North East (Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States) 29 January Troops patrolling from BITTA, GWOZA LGA to YAMTEKE, ASKIRA UBA LGA, BORNO State detonated an IED losing 1 soldier killed and 4 wounded Troops supported by BAMA CJTF and Camerounian … Continue reading

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The Gambian Question

On 19th January 2017, the next President of Gambia is to be sworn in. It is currently unclear who that will be. In the latest instalment of African electoral perplexity, ruling President Yahya Jammeh despite unexpectedly conceding defeat to challenger … Continue reading

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January 15th: 19 Things I learnt from this Day

January 15th is Armed Forces Day, Nigeria’s Remembrance Day. It commemorates Nigeria’s fallen in all its conflicts from WW1 to Op Lafiya Dole. Unlike in the UK or other countries it does not have as much relevance amongst civil society, … Continue reading

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