July 19-22, 2017
Nigerian extremist group Boko Haram made headlines earlier this month after it abducted more than 260 schoolgirls to be held as hostages for exchange or ransom. The international community was quick to condemn the actions of the group, whose name means “Western education is sinful,” and many leaders have pledged their support to rescue missions. The Obama administration, however, has begun to voice its concerns about the capabilities of the Nigerian military. Testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, White House officials on Thursday acknowledged that the Nigerian military may not be up to the task of rescuing the schoolgirls from Boko Haram’s grasp.
Read more from Eric Schmitt in The New York Times here.