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Military Resistance 12E7 Soldiers for Themselves

Military Resistance 12E7 Soldiers for Themselves

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Taliban fighters opened fire and stormed a government building in eastern Afghanistan in the most serious of a string of attacks across the country early on Monday, May 12.... Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attack but provided no further details. Last week, the Taliban said they would launch their annual spring offensive on May 12. About 300 militants attacked a number of checkpoints in the capital of the eastern province of Ghazni, officials said. About a dozen people were killed. Also on Monday in eastern in Afghanistan, groups of militants, including some on motorbikes, attacked police checkpoints.The attacks happened on the outskirts of the city of Ghazni in the province by the same name, said deputy provincial governor, Mohammad Ali Ahmadi....
Taliban fighters opened fire and stormed a government building in eastern Afghanistan in the most serious of a string of attacks across the country early on Monday, May 12.... Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attack but provided no further details. Last week, the Taliban said they would launch their annual spring offensive on May 12. About 300 militants attacked a number of checkpoints in the capital of the eastern province of Ghazni, officials said. About a dozen people were killed. Also on Monday in eastern in Afghanistan, groups of militants, including some on motorbikes, attacked police checkpoints.The attacks happened on the outskirts of the city of Ghazni in the province by the same name, said deputy provincial governor, Mohammad Ali Ahmadi....

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Military Resistance 12E7
 
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Soldiers In Nigeria Open Fire On Their Commander:
The Soldiers Blamed Him For The Killing Of Their Colleagues In An  Ambush By Suspected Boko Haram Militants”
 Army Spokesman Says No Need For Public Concern”
14 May 2014 BBC
 
Soldiers in Nigeria have opened fire on their commander in the north-eastern city of Maiduguri, witnesses say. Maj-Gen Ahmed Mohammed escaped unhurt after soldiers shot at his car at the Maimalari barracks, the sources said. The soldiers blamed him for the killing of their colleagues in an ambush by suspected Boko Haram militants.  Army spokesman Maj-Gen Chris Olukolade described the incident in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, as an internal matter and said there was no need for public concern. But the shooting shows that morale within the army is low as it battles Boko Haram, says BBC Nigeria analyst Naziru Mikailu.
MORE: UPDATE:
Nigerian Government Removes General After Soldiers Revolt:
Many Soldiers In Maiduguri Say They Sympathize With The Mutineers”
‘As A Soldier, We Would Not Say We  Are Planning To Fight Our Superiors,’ Said One Soldier”
But He Added: ‘No One Can Predict When A Frustrated Soldier Bursts Up’”
Nigeria’s troops stationed at roadblocks are without basic accessories like sandbags or helmets. Several say they have been kept beyond their tour of duty, or that their salaries have arrived weeks or months late. Some say they don’t eat on a regular basis.
May 15, 2014 By Abdulkareem Haruna in Maiduguri, Nigeria, and Drew Hinshaw in  Abuja, Nigeria; Wall Street Journal [Excerpts]
 
Nigeria removed a general involved in the search for kidnapped schoolgirls, after troops fired shots into his vehicle and accused him of embezzling money meant for their weapons and food.
The army on Thursday tried to calm rebellious soldiers in the country’s northeast a day after soldiers in Maiduguri, the military headquarters in the region, revolted and accused their commander.
Top officers flew to Maiduguri to defuse tensions as soldiers complained of inadequate cars, guns and armor to fight Boko Haram, the Islamist insurgency, soldiers and witnesses said.
Earlier in the week, several soldiers said Boko Haram insurgents jumped at them from the forests, killing 12, in an ambush in an ambush along a road the soldiers had asked to avoid. Brig. Gen. Chris Olukolade, a military spokesman, said the army would discipline soldiers who took part in the hourslong revolt on Wednesday. No one was hurt in the attack.
“Let me assure that the military will sustain the current tempo in the fight against insurgents,” he said.
 Yet the soldiers’ revolt shows how the call for action is colliding with harsh realities on the ground. The troops he is likely to meet are up against an insurgency that has moved in a few years from bows and arrows to rocket launchers and machine guns mounted on pickup trucks.
Nigeria’s troops stationed at roadblocks are without basic accessories like sandbags or helmets. Several say they have been kept beyond their tour of duty, or that their salaries have arrived weeks or months late. Some say they don’t eat on a regular basis. One soldier said he has to drive at night in a truck with broken headlights: “I am given a dead patrol vehicle here,” he said. I spend most of the time trying to fix it.”
On Thursday, Gen. Olukolade promised an investigation into the troops’ conditions. “It is not in the character of the Nigerian soldier to be unruly,” he said. Many soldiers in Maiduguri say they sympathize with the mutineers, even if they were distancing themselves from their actions. “As a soldier, we would not say we are planning to fight our superiors,” said one soldier. But he added: “No one can predict when a frustrated soldier bursts up.”

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