Special Operations Forces and the Terrorist Threat in Africa

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Female student stands in a burnt classroom at Maiduguri Experimental School, which was burnt by the Islamist group Boko Haram to keep children away from school. May 12, 2012 (PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty)

Journalist Eliza Griswold talks about the roots of extremist organizations like Boko Haram in Africa, and how the United States’ special forces are approaching them. She wrote about it in her article “Can General Linder’s Special Operations Forces Stop the Next Terrorist Threat?” in the New York Time Magazine Sunday, June 15. Griswold is also the translator of  I Am the Beggar of the World: Landays from Contemporary Afghanistan, a book of poems by Afghan women, and The Tenth Parallel.  


Eliza Griswold

Comments [3]

tom LI

Fuva - correct, but Islam is now "offering" power to the youth that Xtianity only tried to subjugate from the get-go, and exploited their resources and eventually handed over to various nefarious Leaders who fed Western pockets as well as their own. It might all look the same to outsiders - its all a form of subjugation - but not to those on the ground.

imho - excellent point, I thought the very same when I heard the interview. Sounded like the typical Western and American, "My God and my worship are the only right ones!"

otherwise an excellent segment.

Jun. 26 2014 06:38 PM

Kony may be a "nutbag," but don't say he's a nutbag because he deals in spirits and protects his people by blessing them with water. Not unless you're going to label all other religions "nutty" for using the same practices.

Jun. 26 2014 12:22 PM
fuva from ha

Any Islamic "tradition" in "Nigeria" is recent. Islam invaded just like Christianity.

Jun. 26 2014 12:13 PM

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