Colonel Muhammad Dole, the spokesman for a Multinational Joint Task Force fighting Boko Haram and ISWAP, announced Sunday that “well over a hundred terrorists have been neutralized, including over 10 top commanders … following intelligence-driven lethal air strikes in the Lake Chad islands by the combined air task-forces” (Ola). The Joint Task Force consists of troops from Nigeria, Niger, and Cameroon- all countries that have suffered from the Boko Haram insurgency which has left thousands dead and millions internally displaced. Nigeria is set to receive a boost after US lawmakers approved a nearly $1 billion weapons sale that had previously been on hold due to concerns of human rights abuses by the Nigerian military.

Since the death of its leader, Abubakar Shekau, last year, Boko Haram has been on the defensive and declining. Despite marginal victories along the way, they are facing more organized, better equipped force in the Multinational Joint Task Force. They are also struggling with in fighting (ie. ISWAP breaking off as a splinter group), as well as thousands of fighters and their families that have surrendered in the last year. At this pace, I don’t think Boko Haram will be able to sustain their operations for another year.

-Thora Gibbs