World View: Nigeria Backs Out of Deal to Recover Boko Haram's Abducted Schoolgirls

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  • Nigeria backs out of deal to recover Boko Haram's abducted schoolgirls
  • Attacks on schoolgirls spread to Balochistan in southwest Pakistan
  • Jordan bluntly expels Syria's ambassador

Nigeria backs out of deal to recover Boko Haram's abducted schoolgirls

Nigerian government officials are saying that they know the location of the 200+ schoolgirls that were abducted by Boko Haram last month, but they will not be recovered by force because any gunfire would put the girls' lives in danger.

The BBC is reporting that the Nigerian government had made a deal with Boko Haram to exchange 50 of the girls for 100 Boko Haram militants who have been captured and put in jail. However, the government backed out of the deal during a summit meeting earlier this month with Nigerian, African, and Western leaders at which they agreed to wage "total war" against Boko Haram. No reason was given for why the deal was canceled, but it's surmised that negotiating with terrorists and agreeing to the exchange would encourage a lot more abductions of other schoolgirls. Channels TV (Nigeria)

Attacks on schoolgirls spread to Balochistan in southwest Pakistan

The Pakistani Taliban (Tehrik-e-Taliban - TTP) have mostly focused their terrorist attacks on northwest Pakistan, but now a new splinter group, Tanzeem-ul-Islami-ul-Furqan (TIF - Organization of the creation of Islam) is spreading terror attacks deep into the southwest province of Balochistan and is particularly targeting schools with girls enrolled. A letter sent to 23 English Language Learning Centers warned that teaching in English is forbidden and added:

Private schools should completely stop girls’ education, both co-education and separate education. We urge all van and taxi drivers to refrain from taking girls to schools. Otherwise, they will also be targeted... Any institution or persons defying the warning will be deemed as an enemy of Islam and therefore punished.

The group has been killing school teachers and burning down schools and has threatened "the worst consequences as prescribed in the Quran" if girls' education is not completely shut down. 

All this is happening in the context of separatist activist by a Baloch nationalist group called the Baloch Student Organization (BSO-Azad). Pakistan's government has reacted to this separatist activism by relocating thousands of ethnic Punjabis to Balochistan for large development project. This has led to violence by Balochis against Punjabis with the result that over 19,000 Balochi civilians have "disappeared" from abductions by Pakistan's intelligence agency, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), with more than 2,000 of them having been "killed and dumped." South Asia Terrorism Portal (SATP - India) and Al-Jazeera

Jordan bluntly expels Syria's ambassador

A furious Jordanian foreign ministry declared Syria's ambassador Bahjat Suleiman, a former general and intelligence chief, as persona non grata, and ordered him to leave the country within 24 hours. According to the state-run news agency:

The government took the decision after the envoy continued his insults and un-friendly statements against Jordan, Jordanian political figures, national institutions and citizens, despite repeated warnings by the government not to indulge in and desist from making such provocative statements, the envoy said. 

"Mr. Suleiman used Jordan as a platform to cast doubt on Jordan's stances and directed baseless accusations on more than one occasion and through such statements," the spokesperson said, noting that he used Jordanian territories to direct insults against Arab and neighboring countries and their leadership, with whom Jordan has strong ties. 

These insults, which targeted Jordan and Arab countries, were a flagrant violation of all diplomatic norms and charters, she said, stressing that Jordan totally rejects such acts. The envoy had not observed the simplest diplomatic norms in a country that is hosting hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees.

Jordan is harboring over a million refugees from Syria as a result of the genocidal war and crimes against humanity by Syria's president Bashar al-Assad. Apparently some of the insults that Jordan was complaining about was that Suleiman accused Jordan of harboring terrorists by giving refuge to refugees. This guy really has balls. 

The expulsion comes just a few days before the planned June 3 Syrian presidential election, which many people consider to be a farce. Suleiman had announced that Syrian citizens living in Jordan would be able to come to the Syrian embassy in Amman and vote there. Jordan's foreign minister had warned that this could bring security problems to Amman. 

In a tit-for-tat retaliation, Syria expelled Jordan's chargé-d'affaires from Damascus. Jordanian officials said the chargé d'affaires was not currently in Syria. Petra (Jordan) and Reuters

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