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Information Operations as a Viable Tool for Counter Insurgency Operations: An Appraisal of Counter Insurgency Operations in the Lake Chad Region

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Technical Report,13 Aug 2018,14 Jun 2019

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US Army Command and General Staff College Fort Leavenworth United States

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In October 2014, the countries of Lake Chad Region comprising of Benin, Cameroon, Chad, Niger, and Nigeria decided to improve their cooperation to combat the activities of the Boko Haram Insurgents. The cooperation commenced with the pledging and contribution of troops to re-invigorate the existing MNJTF located in Baga. On January 2015, the BHI overran the town of Baga and took over the MNJTF headquarters. The Baga attack by the BHI threatened Nigerias territorial integrity as well as the regional stability and security of countries in the LCR. Consequently, the countries in LCR stepped up military responses to contain the threat. This regional initiative sparked joint efforts that led to the establishment of a reinforced MNJTF. The joint effort was to strengthen the force and expand the MNJTF mandate to include counterterrorism and COIN actions. This study considers information operations as part of a holistic federal government strategy for lasting peace in the Lake Chad region. In particular, the study analyzes information operations based on two military operations selected as case studies. The research further proffers structural, and doctrinal solutions to security forces Information Operations processes in LCR. These solutions, are expected to make security forces more effective as part of the regional efforts to bring peace and stability to the NE Nigeria and LCR in particular.

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  • Government and Political Science
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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