Nigeria missed a big opportunity in the war against Boko Haram insurgency with the failed attempt to kill or capture the leader of the Islamic State in West Africa, Doundoun Cheffou, according to a new report.
The report, which was released by a consortium of investigative journalists know as The Intercept, said bad weather frustrated the operation in October 2017.
The operation was jointly to have been jointly conducted by Nigerian soldiers and United States commandos under the aegis of the U.S Africa Command (AFRICOM).
The report said that “in October 2017, members of the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara, or ISGS, ambushed American troops near the border of the Sahelian states of Mali and Niger, killing four U.S. soldiers and wounding two others.
“Just after the attack, AFRICOM claimed the troops were providing “advice and assistance” to local partners, but it was later revealed that American commandos operating alongside a Nigerian force had — until poor weather intervened — hoped to link up with another contingent of U.S. special operators trying to kill or capture Islamic State leader Doundoun Cheffou.”
A faction of Boko Haram owes allegiance to ISWAP.
The ISIS group is being blamed for many deadly attacks against Nigerian forces.