World View: Resurgence of Boko Haram Terrorists in Nigeria
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- Turkey-Israel relations may be close to normalization
- Resurgence of Boko Haram terrorists in Nigeria
Turkey-Israel relations may be close to normalization
Turkey's foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Sunday that Israel
and Turkey are the closest they've been to a normalization of
relations in years. According to Davutoglu, there have been "positive
There has recently been a momentum and new approach
in compensation talks. We could say that most of the differences
have been removed recently in these discussions.
Turkey broke off diplomatic relations with Israel after the deaths of
nine Turkish citizens on May 31, 2010, in a confrontation between
Israel's navy and the boat Mavi Marmara in a flotilla headed for Gaza
in violation of Israel's Gaza blockade. Since then, prime minister
Recep Tayyip Erdogan has specified three conditions that Israel would
have to fulfill in order to restore normal relations.
would have to apologize, and Israel did so last March, under intense
pressure from president Barack Obama.
Second, Israel would have to pay monetary compensation to the families
of the victims. According to Davutoglu, negotiations have
significantly reduced the difference in the amount between what Turkey
demanded and Israel has offered. On Monday, it was reported that the
Israeli government had decided that it would pay $20 million to the
victims' families. In return, Turkey will agree to drop charges in
its own courts against the IDF soldiers who participated in the raid
on the Mavi Marmara.
Erdogan's third condition was the lifting of the blockade of Gaza.
According to Davutoglu, Israel has "eased" the embargo on Gaza. On
Tuesday, Erdogan renewed his condition, demanding that Israel provide
a "written protocol" that they would end the Israeli "siege" on Gaza.
However, Israel's prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday
confirmed that he has rejected Erdogan's demand to provide a written
statement. It remains to be seen whether further negotiations will
yield a compromise. Hurriyet (Turkey) and Israel National News
Resurgence of Boko Haram terrorists in Nigeria
Gunmen from the al-Qaeda-linked terrorist group Boko Haram ("Western
education is forbidden") killed 51 people on Tuesday in an attack on a
majority Muslim town in northeast Nigeria. Dozens of Boko Haram
fighters speeding along in trucks painted in military colors and armed
with automatic weapons and explosives attacked the town, burning houses and
shooting fleeing villagers. They also took 20 young girls from a
local college as hostages.
This comes after two incidents last week. On Friday, terrorist
gunmen in cars and on motorbikes burst into a Christian family's
home and killed a family of seven. On the previous Sunday,
52 people were killed when gunmen stormed a church.
Prior to 2009, Boko Haram was a little-known Muslim sect of ethnic
Hausa people. Starting in 2010, Boko Haram began a series of
terrorist attacks across the country, often bombing Christian
churches, saying their objective was to eliminate all Christians. In
the last year, Boko Haram has announced its intention to establish an
Islamist state in Nigeria's northeast.
The rise of Boko Haram from a terrorist group to a well-armed militia
is another unintended consequence of the West's military intervention
in Libya in 2011. The Libyan action provided a training ground for
Islamist jihadists, including Boko Haram, and also provided vast
stores of heavy weapons stolen from Muammar Gaddafi's unguarded
There has been a resurgence of Boko Haram violence since the beginning
of the year. Nigeria's Christian president Goodluck Jonathan has
repeatedly promised that an army campaign would clean out the Boko
Haram terrorists once and for all. However, those attempts have been
stymied, reportedly because some politicians and army members support
Boko Haram. Reuters and AFP
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