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The leader of the Nigerian Islamist rebel group Boko Haram has said he will release more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by his fighters last month in exchange for prisoners, according to a video seen by Agence France-Presse on Monday.

Around 100 girls wearing full veils and praying are shown in an undisclosed location in the 17-minute video in which Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau speaks, according to the French news agency.

The (usually quite horrible) DailyMail has images/video.

Some girls on the 17-minute-long video, which was obtained by news agency AFP, spoke to camera, and looked extremely nervous.

The girls recite Islamic prayers during the clip as they sit in a group in a wooded area.

The video, which appeared to show around 130 girls, was aired after the governor of the Nigerian state from where the schoolgirls were kidnapped said that he knew where some of them are being held.

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  •  Tip & Rec'ing to keep the story (17+ / 0-)

    up and in front.

    How a specie takes cares of its young is everything. We humans far too often suck at it. This story is such an awful human tragedy that reveals problems on so many fronts:

    - religious strife
    - extremism
    - degrading colonialism
    - government malfeasance
    - cultural crisis (rejection by society of raped children)
    - race
    - education
    - poverty

    I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do, because I notice it always coincides with their own desires. - Susan B. Anthony Everything good a man can be, a dog already is. - pajoly

    by pajoly on Mon May 12, 2014 at 05:56:01 AM PDT

    •  Kidnapping young girls because they wanted (1+ / 0-)
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      education is a drastic aberration for the human species.  I suspect every decent person, regardless of race of nationality, wants to get the girls home safe, and to make sure the terrorists never can do anything like this again, preferably by killing them all.  

    •  New (0+ / 0-)

      No dog is born bad that bites first and barks after. No human is born bad....bad is a learned behavior and if you want to learn from the best join a religion. The other side of the same coin is, if your messed up seek Gods help and save your self. It's not the religion that causes the grief in the world it's the nuts who use it to gain power over the weak of the herd and get them to do unspeakable things.

  •  Make them surrender all females (2+ / 0-)
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    in their camps and territories.

  •  Poison them and then release them. (0+ / 0-)

    Easy peasy!

    It's not the side effects of the cocaine/I'm thinking that it must be love

    by Rich in PA on Mon May 12, 2014 at 07:41:46 AM PDT

    •  Like THAT idea but I am sure the Mossad (1+ / 0-)
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      knows how to make a prisoner swap work in our favor

      "The poor can never be made to suffer enough." Jimmy Breslin

      by merrywidow on Mon May 12, 2014 at 08:02:47 AM PDT

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    •  Thank you for your informed contribution (2+ / 0-)
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      to the conversation Rich.  My hopes are with the girls & their families that they will be returned safely. A prisoner exchange is not ideal but it seems like the best way to avoid further loss of life. Bring them home.

      “The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it.” George Orwell

      by Tool on Mon May 12, 2014 at 08:05:15 AM PDT

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      •  all you do (1+ / 0-)
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        is encourage them to do it again.

        If you are going to do prisoner swaps this time, maybe next time you will pay a ransom, or next time you'll do something else.

        These aren't the types of folks who you want to enter into repeat business with.

        The only way I'd think this a good idea is do the swap, and then once they've released the girls, go in full force and take them all in/back.

        •  Faulty logic. (2+ / 0-)
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          Yes it may be seen as "negotiating with terorists" or "emboldening the enemy" but what it boils down to is if they are serious about saving the girls lives. If this is the method that can achieve that - so be it. These people are going to continue their slaughter and insurrection regardless of if their demands are met.

          Sometimes you have to loose a small battle in order to win the war. I agree that once the girls are safe than they can use what intelligence they have to move against the group and and do what is needed to ensure that this situation does not repeat but if we can trade them them prisoners without loss of life that would be the ideal solution. Discounting that out of hand because we would be dealing with "bad folks" is crappy logic.

          “The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it.” George Orwell

          by Tool on Mon May 12, 2014 at 10:33:22 AM PDT

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          •  its perfect logic (0+ / 0-)

            Your logic appears to be, nothing we can do, so give in everytime, because they will do it anyways.

            You don't "win the war" by giving up every single battle.
            Why would your logic change the next time? Or the time after that? Or the time after that?

            How exactly would your logic win the war by losing every battle?

            I didn't "dismiss it out of hand because we are dealing with bad folks." These aren't just "bad folks." I support and supported dealing with the Taliban.  They are "bad folks" but they don't go around abducting and killing kids, and they have at least some ethos other than killing and rampaging.

            You find them, you surround them, and then you tell them to give up the girls and you can talk.  You make it so doing this again gets them nothing, and so they don't do it. It's no different than a police negotiation with someone holding hostages.  They don't simply give them the airplane and let them go.

            •  I'm study behavior as a profession. (1+ / 0-)
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              I understand that you believe that if we "give in" then we will be reinforcing the behavior and ensuring the likely hood that they will do it again. They will do it again regardless if these girls are returned or not.

              You find them, you surround them, and then you tell them to give up the girls and you can talk.  You make it so doing this again gets them nothing, and so they don't do it. It's no different than a police negotiation with someone holding hostages.  They don't simply give them the airplane and let them go.
              That is cowboy logic and dangerous to the conversation if you are serious in your desire to return the girls back alive. These are folks that have demonstrated they are willing to commit atrocities as a means to achieve their political objective. These girls are not seen as people to them, but a means to an end.

              I'm pretty sure they would rather kill them all first then negotiate while surrounded. We don't know the situation on the ground and I'd rather err on the side of returning the girls to their families then have to explain that we tried but because we don't deal with terrorist or went off half cocked in some Rambo fantasy that they ended up dead as "collateral damage"

              “The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it.” George Orwell

              by Tool on Mon May 12, 2014 at 11:19:49 AM PDT

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              •  oh please (0+ / 0-)

                first of all, you can stow the cowboy/Rambo insults. I've already established that different situations can result in different approaches, and I've said nothing about going in guns blazing.

                So you believe there is no possibility of any interaction with them changing their course of action? And you purport to be a person who "studies behavior as a profession?"

                You have no idea that "they would rather kill them all then negotiate while surrounded." Just like you have no idea that they would "do it again" regardless of if these girls are returned or not.

                There's a whole long history of humans taking folks hostage, and a whole long history of the best way to get those folks to give up those hostages.

                Spoiler alert: It's not give them whatever they want.

                •  Given the perponderance of evidence (2+ / 0-)
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                  that demonstrates this groups willingness to continue to try and achieve its political objectives through violence I would argue that yes - there can be an educated guess or assumption that they will kill the girls rather than return them if surrounded.

                  You are arguing for an extinction burst where we give them nothing. Not one iota in return for the girls. Yes I study behavior and work with a very difficult population in helping them function in the world. However the problem with giving them nothing or arguing for an extinction burst is that when a behavior is placed on extinction it gets dramatically worse before getting better. So yes. I'm pretty confident the girls would wind up dead if authorities surrounded them with the intent of going full Rambo rather than doing the prisoner exchange.  

                  There's a whole long history of humans taking folks hostage, and a whole long history of the best way to get those folks to give up those hostages.
                  Right. Just like Iran Contra.
                  DAKAR, 20 January 2012 (IRIN) - Bombings and shootings by the militant Islamic group Boko Haram - also known as Jama’atu Ahlus Sunnah Lid Da’awati Wal Jihad - have increased sharply in recent months, leaving many worried that wide-scale sectarian violence could break out. Some 80 people have been killed in Boko Haram (BH) attacks in recent weeks, while 500 are reported to have been killed over the past year. Tens of thousands of Nigerians have been forced to flee their homes.

                  As the government struggles to cope, experts are urging leaders to seek a political solution to try to quell BH violence, backed up by sharper intelligence-gathering and professional military support. Below is a chronology of proven or suspected BH attacks - both recent and over the past few years.

                  18 Jan 2012: A key suspect in the 2011 Christmas Day bombing in Abuja, which killed more than 40 people, escapes police custody.

                  17 Jan 2012: Two soldiers and four BH gunmen are killed in an attack on a military checkpoint in Maiduguri, Borno State. Soldiers arrest six high-profile BH members in a raid on a sect hideout in the city.

                  13 Jan 2012: BH kills four and injures two others, including a policeman, in two separate attacks on pubs in Yola (Adawama State) and Gombe city in neighbouring Gombe State.

                  11 Jan 2012: Four Christians killed by BH gunmen in Potiskum, Yobe State, when gunmen open fire on their car as they stop for fuel. The victims had been fleeing Maiduguri to their home town in eastern Nigeria.

                  10 Jan 2012: A BH attack on a beer garden kills eight, including five policemen and a teenage girl, in Damaturu, capital of Yobe State.

                  9 Jan 2012: BH gunmen shoot dead a secret police operative along with his civilian friend as they leave a mosque in Biu, Borno State, 200km south of the state capital, Maiduguri. The president says BH has infiltrated the executive, parliamentary and judicial wings of government.

                  7 Jan 2012: Three Christian poker players are killed and seven others wounded by BH gunmen in the town of Biu.

                  6 Jan 2012: Eight worshippers are killed in a shooting attack on a church in Yola. BH gunmen shoot dead 17 Christian mourners in the town of Mubi in the northeastern state of Adamawa. The victims are friends and relations of one of five people killed in a BH attack on a hotel the previous day.

                  5 Jan 2012: Six worshippers are killed and 10 others wounded when BH gunmen attack a church in Gombe city.

                  3 Jan 2012: BH gunmen attack a police station in the town of Birniwa in Jigawa State killing a teenage girl and wounding a police officer.

                  1 Jan 2012: President Goodluck Jonathan imposes a state of emergency on 15 local government areas hardest-hit by BH attacks, in Borno, Yobe and Plateau states. He orders the closure of Nigerian borders in the north.

                  30 Dec 2011: Four Muslim worshippers are killed in a BH bomb and shooting attack targeting a military checkpoint in Maiduguri as worshippers leave a mosque after attending Friday prayers.

                  28 Dec 2011: A bombing and shooting attack by BH on a beer parlour in the town of Mubi, Adamawa State, wounds 15.

                  25 Dec 2011: A Christmas Day BH bomb attack on Saint Theresa Catholic Church in Madalla town near Abuja kills 42 worshippers. Three secret police (SSS) operatives and a BH bomber are killed in a suicide attack when the bomber rams his bomb-laden car into a military convoy at the gates of SSS headquarters in Damaturu. A policeman is killed in a botched BH bomb attack on a church in the Ray Field area of Jos, capital of Plateau State.

                  22 Dec 2011: BH bombs in parts of Maiduguri kill 20. Four policemen and a civilian are killed in gun and bomb attacks on a police building in Potiskum, Yobe State. Around 100 are killed following multiple bomb and shooting attacks by BH gunmen and ensuing gun battles with troops in the Pompomari outskirts of Damaturu.

                  19 Dec 2011: One suspected BH member dies and two others wounded in an accidental explosion while assembling a home-made bomb in a hideout in Damaturu.

                  17 Dec 2011: A shootout between sect members and policemen following a raid on the hideout of a BH sect leader in the Darmanawa area of Kano State kills seven, including three police officers. Police arrest 14 BH suspects and seize large amount of arms and bombs. Three BH members die in an accidental explosion while assembling home-made bombs in a hideout on the outskirts of Maiduguri.

                  13 Dec 2011: A bomb attack on a military checkpoint by BH and resulting shooting by soldiers in Maiduguri leaves 10 dead and 30 injured.

                  7 Dec 2011: An explosion linked to BH kills eight in the Oriyapata district of Kaduna city.

                  4 Dec 2011: A soldier, a policeman and a civilian are killed in bomb and gun attacks on police buildings and two banks in Azare, Bauchi State. BH open fire at a wedding in Maiduguri, killing the groom and a guest.

                  27 Nov 2011: A Borno State protocol officer in the office of the governor is shot dead by motorcycle-riding sect members while driving home.

                  26 Nov 2011: Three policemen and a civilian are wounded in BH bomb and shooting attacks in Geidam, Yobe State. Six churches, a police station, a beer parlour, a shopping complex, a high court, a local council building and 11 cars are burnt in the attacks.

                  9 Nov 2011: BH members bomb a police station and the office of Nigeria’s road safety agency in Maina village, Borno State. No one is hurt.

                  4 Nov 2011: The motorcade of Borno State governor Kashim Shettima comes under BH bomb attack in Maiduguri on its way from the airport to the governor’s residence as he returns from a trip to Abuja. Around 150 are killed in coordinated BH bombing and shooting attacks on police facilities in Damaturu and Potiskum in Yobe State. Two BH suicide-bombers blow themselves up outside the military Joint Task Force headquarters in Maiduguri in a botched suicide attack.

                  2 Nov 2011: A soldier on duty is shot dead by sect members outside Maiduguri’s main market.

                  November 2011: BH says it will not dialogue with the government until all of its members who have been arrested are released.

                  29 Oct 2011: BH gunmen shoot dead Muslim cleric Sheikh Ali Jana’a outside his home in the Bulabulin Ngarnam neighbourhood of Maiduguri. Jana’a is known to have provided information to security forces regarding the sect.

                  25 Oct 2011: A policeman is shot dead in his house in a targeted attack by BH gunmen in Damaturu.

                  23 Oct 2011: Sect members open fire on a market in the town of Katari in Kaduna State, killing two.

                  23 Oct 2011: BH members kill a policeman and a bank security guard in bombing and shooting attacks on a police station and two banks in Saminaka, Kaduna State.

                  3 October 2011: Three killed in BH attacks on Baga market in Maiduguri, Borno State. The victims included a tea-seller, a drug store owner and a passer-by.

                  1 October 2011: A butcher and his assistant are killed by BH gunmen at Baga market in Maiduguri in a targeted killing. In a separate incident, three people are killed in a shoot-out following BH bomb and shooting attacks on a military patrol vehicle delivering food to soldiers at a checkpoint in Maiduguri. All three victims are civilians.

                  17 September 2011: Babakura Fugu, brother-in-law to slain BH leader Mohammed Yusuf, is shot dead outside his house in Maiduguri two days after attending a peace meeting with Nigeria’s ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo in the city. BH denies any involvement in the incident.

                  13 September 2011: Four soldiers shot and wounded in an ambush by BH members in Maiduguri shortly after the arrest of 15 sect members in military raids on BH hideouts in the city.

                  12 September 2011: Seven men, including four policemen, are killed by BH gunmen in bomb and shooting attacks on a police station and a bank in Misau, Bauchi State. The attackers rob the bank.

                  4 September 2011: Muslim cleric Malam Dala shot dead by two BH members outside his home in the Zinnari area of Maiduguri.

                  1 September 2011: A shootout between BH gunmen and soldiers in Song, Adamawa State, kills one sect members while another is injured and captured.

                  26 August 2011: BH claims responsibility for a suicide bomb blast on the UN compound in Abuja, killing 23 people.

                  25 August 2011: Gun and bomb attacks by BH on two police stations and two banks in Gombi, Adamawa State, kill at least 16 people, including seven policemen.

                  3 August 2011: The government rejects negotiations with BH.

                  July 2011: Government says it will open a negotiation panel to initiate negotiations with BH.

                  27 June 2011: BH’s gun and bomb attack on a beer garden in Maiduguri leaves at least 25 dead and dozens injured.

                  20 June 2011: Seven people including five policemen killed in gun and bomb attacks on a police station and a bank in Kankara, Katsina State.

                  16 June 2011: BH targets national police headquarters in Abuja, killing two.

                  7 June 2011: Attacks on a church and two police posts in Maiduguri, blamed on the sect, leave at least 14 dead.

                  6 June 2011: Muslim cleric Ibrahim Birkuti, critical of BH, shot dead by two motorcycle-riding BH gunmen outside his house in Biu, 200km from Maiduguri.

                  29 May 2011: Three bombs rip through a beer garden in a military barracks in the northern city of Bauchi, killing 13 and wounding 33. BH claims responsibility.

                  27 May 2011: A group of around 70 suspected BH gunmen kill eight people including four policemen in simultaneous gun and bomb attacks on a police station, a police barracks and a bank in Damboa, Borno State, near the border with Chad.

                  29 December 2010: Suspected BH gunmen shoot dead eight people in Maiduguri, including the governorship candidate of the ruling All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) in Borno State.

                  24 and 27 December 2010: A series of attacks claimed by BH in the central city of Jos and Maiduguri kill at least 86.

                  7 September 2010: A group of BH gunmen free over 700 inmates including around 100 sect members from a prison in Bauchi. Four people including a soldier, one policeman and two residents were killed in the raid.

                  26 July 2009: BH launches a short-lived uprising in parts of the north, which is quelled by a military crackdown that leaves more than 800 dead - mostly sect members, including BH leader Mohammed Yusuf. A mosque in the capital of Borno State (Maiduguri) that served as a sect headquarters is burnt down.

                  11-12 June 2009: BH leader Mohammed Yusuf threatens reprisals in a video recording to the president following the killing of 17 BH members in a joint military and police operation in Borno State. This was after a disagreement over BH members’ alleged refusal to use crash helmets while in a funeral procession to bury members who had died in a car accident.

                  2005-2008: BH concentrated on recruiting new members and shoring up its resources. As evidence of their growing popularity, Borno State governor Ali Modu Sheriff appoints an influential BH member, Buju Foi, as his commissioner of religious affairs in 2007.

                  10 October 2004: Gunmen from a BH splinter group attack a convoy of 60 policemen in an ambush near the town of Kala-Balge on the border with Chad. The militants took 12 policemen hostage and police authorities presumed they were killed by the gunmen because all attempts to trace them failed.

                  23 September 2004: A BH splinter group launches a militia attack on police stations in the towns of Gwoza and Bama in Borno State, killing four policemen and two civilians. They took to the Mandara mountains along the Nigeria-Cameroon border. Soldiers and two gunships were deployed in the mountains and after two days of battle 27 sect members were killed while the rest slipped away. Five BH members who crossed into Cameroon were arrested by Cameroonian gendarmes who had been alerted by Nigerian authorities. The five were deported and handed over to Nigerian authorities.

                  7 January 2004: Seven members of BH killed and three others arrested by a team of local vigilantes outside the town of Damboa, Borno State, near border with Chad. Bags containing AK-47 rifles were recovered from sect members.

                  June 2004: Four members of BH were killed by prison guards in a foiled jail break in Yobe State capital Damaturu.

                  23-31 December 2003: A group of about 200 members of a BH splinter group launched attacks on police stations in the towns of Kanamma and Geidam in Yobe State from their enclave outside Kanamma on the Nigerian border with Niger. The militants killed several policemen and requisitioned police weapons and vehicles. Following the deployment of military troops to contain the insurrection, 18 militants were killed, and a number arrested.

                  2002: Mohammed Yusuf founded Boko Haram in 2002, establishing a mosque called Markaz as the headquarters of his movement, following his expulsion from two mosques in Maiduguri by Muslim clerics for propagating his radical views.

                  “The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it.” George Orwell

                  by Tool on Mon May 12, 2014 at 12:10:51 PM PDT

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                  •  yes they are a terrorist group (0+ / 0-)

                    with a long history of violence, so's the Taliban.  I could come up with a list going further back with more violence with them, and yet, they are not someone with whom it's impossible to negotiate.

                    So's another dozen or two groups around the world.

                    I'm "arguing" that we don't do the dumbest thing possible, which is simply give them what they want.

  •  Good news: has any government ever taken (3+ / 0-)
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    action to help girls or women before??

    NGOs yes, but govts with the power to send the marines or counter-terrorism forces...this is new and maybe a start to get the world to care about what happens to women

    "The poor can never be made to suffer enough." Jimmy Breslin

    by merrywidow on Mon May 12, 2014 at 08:04:04 AM PDT

  •  Drag 7 million dollar in the swamps of Nigeria (0+ / 0-)

    See what it bring out ,every mercenary in Africa will be after the head of Boko  Haram leader trying to claim the bounty,i think they are feeling the heat of the moment ,simply using  random GPS coordinate can pinpoint the location of where they are hiding and relaying  them too the proper authorities ,The Nigerian government  is so inept , they probably do not have the instrument to even  log GPS coordinates

    •  that didn't work with Bin Laden. Won't work (1+ / 0-)
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      for this turd either.

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      by BlackSheep1 on Mon May 12, 2014 at 08:30:46 AM PDT

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    •  Every time you take a photo (0+ / 0-)

      It leave metadata ,some even have the GPS location of  where the picture was taken,can anybody think of way  of  tricking the captures into  taking pictures ,news  reporter rountinely take picture of terrorist by playing on thier vanity

    •  The Nigerian swamps are in the delta of the south (0+ / 0-)

      I believe, so you'd want to do the dragging of dollars in the Muslim areas in the northeast; the region encompassing from Abuja north and east.

      I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do, because I notice it always coincides with their own desires. - Susan B. Anthony Everything good a man can be, a dog already is. - pajoly

      by pajoly on Mon May 12, 2014 at 09:25:25 AM PDT

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  •  I want the girls rescued all alive (1+ / 0-)
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    but it sounds like this group needs to be dealt with.  I don't think they can just do a prisoner swap or Nigeria, and other parts of Africa, will have to deal with them again and again.  Hopefully the plans of those involved include making sure this group can't do something like this again.

    "Moon landing was real. Evolution exists. Tax cuts lose revenue. The research has shown this a thousand times. Enough already." - Austan Goolsbee

    by anonevent on Mon May 12, 2014 at 08:35:57 AM PDT

    •  Assuming guarantees can be extracted (1+ / 0-)
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      I don't see a better option than giving Boko Haram what they want.  At some point, people need to learn that losing one round to save lives doesn't mean losing a whole war.

    •  I don't understand your "but." (0+ / 0-)

      Are you saying, "I want the girls rescued all alive but I wouldn't have a problem if we lost some so as to get the bad guys?"
      Are you saying that some of the girls should be sacrificed so as to get Boko Haram?
      I am just asking for clarification.

      Maya Angelou: "Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest."

      by JoanMar on Mon May 12, 2014 at 09:09:38 AM PDT

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      •  I think he's thinking of (1+ / 0-)
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        the ramifications of giving them what they want, which means more girls (or boys) captured or killed.

        This is a group that killed a bunch of school boys not too long ago.  They aren't averse to killing children at all.

  •  There seems to be some question as to (2+ / 0-)
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    just what Shakar was offering.  According to Spiegel Online:

    "Diese Mädchen, um die ihr euch so sorgt, haben wir befreit. Und wisst ihr, wie wir sie befreit haben? Diese Mädchen sind Muslime geworden", sagte Shekau, der in Militäruniform mit einer automatischen Waffe auftritt. Der von ihm vorgeschlagene Austausch betreffe nur jene, die nicht zum Islam konvertiert seien. Die anderen seien nun ihre "Schwestern".
    My translation:
    ‘We have freed these girls about whom you are so concerned.  And you know how we have freed them?  These girls have become Muslims,’ said Shakau, who appears in military uniform with an automatic weapon.  He says that the suggested exchange concerns only those who have not converted to Islam.  The others, he says, are now their ‘sisters’.
    In any case the Nigerian government is unlikely to accept the offer:
    When asked if the government would reject any offer of a deal in exchange for prisoners, interior minister Abba Moro told AFP: "Of Course."

    He said: "The issue in question is not about Boko Haram giving conditions."

    •  That should be Shakau, not Shakar. (n/t) (0+ / 0-)
    •  Boko Haram (1+ / 0-)
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      Instead of arguing strategy, which we cannot control; these terrorists must be made to continue reaching out.  It doesn't matter what they say or if they mean what they say.  Some Muslims apparently believe that lying to the Infidel is a virtue so it really doesn't matter what they say.  As long as they are issuing statements and making offers, they are exposing their positions.  The more learned about their location the better.  Then the people closest to the situation can decide how to act.

  •  I thought they were going to be (1+ / 0-)
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    sold married off to good husbands?

    But not really?

    Definitely sounds like they can be trusted.

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    by GoGoGoEverton on Mon May 12, 2014 at 09:43:44 AM PDT

  •  Make the trade (1+ / 0-)
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    Then fly in the gunships and liquidate these Boko Haram barbarians.  

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    by Subterranean on Mon May 12, 2014 at 10:05:59 AM PDT

  •  So the girls haven't been sold (1+ / 0-)
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    and sent to Chad. Take that, Jim Hoft.

    Better find another fantasy to gloat about.

    Debating with a conservative is like cleaning up your dog's vomit: It is an inevitable consequence of your association, he isn't much help, and it makes very clear the fact that he will swallow anything.

    by David Franks on Mon May 12, 2014 at 12:51:45 PM PDT

  •  Breaking: Boko Haram Releases Video Of Kidnapped G (0+ / 0-)

    I WOULD MAKE THE EXCHANGE IF THEY WILL SIGN AN AGREEMENT THAT THE MEN AND WOMEN RELEASED TAKE AN OATH THAT THEY WILL NO LONGER BE ACTIVE COMBATANTS AND THAT THEY AGREE THAT NO MORE INNOCENT CHILDREN WILL BE KIDNAPPED AND TERRORIZED.

  •  Terrorists 101. (0+ / 0-)

    There is only one way to deal with terrorists like Boko Haram; agree to terms that will return the girls and then send in forces to eliminate as many of them as possible.
    Of course this will not deter others from trying the same tactics but it will give them a good idea of the consequences.

    No country can be both ignorant and free - Thomas Jefferson

    by fjb on Mon May 12, 2014 at 06:25:20 PM PDT

  •  Why isn't anyone using the obvious weakness? MONEY (0+ / 0-)

    Offer Bounties for the BH leaders and members. The people of the area Boko Haram come from are poor, and many know where they are and what they're doing. Also, some must disagree with their actions, hence the 4 hour notice the Nigerian Gov't got before the girls were taken.
    Offer enough money for them, and they will have to start watching their backs instead of acting with impunity knowing no one will stop them.
    Maybe Badluck and Impatience could tap one of their hidden accounts?

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