4 April 2021 update: The video in question is identical to footage from Syria from 2012, suggesting that the terrorists were in fact lying and do not actually have any surface-to-air missiles. All they did was edit some existing videos.
Yesterday the malodourous misfits of Boko Haram published a video to social media of their purported shooting down of a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) fighter jet.
Reached by the Abuja Times for comment, Nigerian Air Force spokesman colonel Abubakar Musa affirmed, “We have seen the video but we doubt its legitimacy. Our position is that the plane was not shot down, but probably crashed somewhere.”
Three images from the unverified Boko Haram video published to social media (above). Click to enlarge.
The prospect of Boko Haram possessing a cache of ground-to-air missiles could pose a serious problem for the Nigerian government’s strategy for confronting the so-called Islamists, who have become globally notorious for raping thousands of children and committing numerous atrocities against unarmed civilians.
For insight on the campaign against Boko Haram, Abuja Times spoke with Major Arjun Shah, Army War College, Mhow (India), an internationally-recognized theorist on counter-insurgency.
Major Shah stated, “The Nigerian government has demonstrated the opposite of counter-insurgency best practices. History shows that to defeat a guerilla, armies must protect the population while aggressively taking back terrain. This requires consummate discipline, esprit de corps, and a high level of training.
“In a successful campaign, one would expect to see small reconnaissance teams penetrate deeply into enemy zones to annihilate hideouts and eliminate insurgent elements. These recon units would engage an array of assets such as sophisticated camouflage, sniper rifles, night vision goggles, mines for ambushes and defensive positions, and radio communication with air support. Team members would have specialized skills and defined roles. Such a unit should be able to operate in the bush for one to two weeks at a time.
“Instead, Nigeria has pursued a frankly retarded strategy of ceding the terrain to the insurgency, while taking shelter behind fixed positions. This surrenders the initiative to the terrorists. The population is largely abandoned or terrorized by the army itself. They’re acting like passive U.N. troops — actually worse than that — not like a patriotic national army that truly intends to reclaim control over the northeast.”