Boko Haram/ISWAP Roundup for August 20, 2020

Previous roundup here. Today’s roundup is relatively brief given everything going on in Mali this week.

On August 18, ISWAP reportedly “overran” Kukawa, Borno (map). Kukawa is the administrative center of the Kukawa Local Government Area, where the town of Baga – another site of recent clashes in both the physical and the information war – is located.

Other recent violence:

On August 16, as part of the wider Operation Lafiya Dole mission in northeastern Nigeria, the Operation’s Air Task Force conducted airstrikes, apparently targeting ISWAP, at Tumbuma Baba and Boboshe in Borno. More strikes followed on August 17 as part of what the military calls “Operation Hail Storm.”

Also on August 16, a village head in Fune Local Government Area (approximate map) of Yobe State was kidnapped, presumably by jihadists.

In an interview with Daily Trust, Renata Yohanna gives an account of her captivity by Boko Haram in Sambisa Forest. Her account includes a lot of details about marriages within the group’s territories.

A Nigerian soldier will face a court-martial after posting a video criticizing President Muhammadu Buhari and Chief of Army Staff Tukur Buratai over their handling of the Boko Haram crisis.

Finally, Gimba Kakanda addresses what seem to be completely unfounded accusations from Obadiah Mailafia, former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria.

1 thought on “Boko Haram/ISWAP Roundup for August 20, 2020

  1. Pingback: Boko Haram/ISWAP Roundup for August 27, 2020 | Sahel Blog

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