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The U.S.-Backed Military Slaughters Women and Children in Cameroon

Posted by M. C. Fox on August 2, 2018

U.S. military assistance to Cameroon increased dramatically as part of a broader effort to combat Boko Haram terrorists

It seems to some that Boko Haram was a “local” operation until the Libyan arms started filtering South thanks to the CIA, Hillary Clinton and her ill fated state department apparatchiks.

“Although Boko Haram has concentrated its terrorist acts inside Nigeria,…

https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-us-backed-military-slaughters-women-and-children-in-cameroon?ref=home

IKOM, Nigeria — In a decade that has seen countless horrific images of war, never has one shown soldiers from a military that benefits from American support carry out such a heartless and heart-rending act.

A video that went viral last month showed men identified as troops from the U.S.-backed army of Cameroon, but accompanied by other men not in uniform, lead two women down a dirt road. One woman has an infant, perhaps a year old, tied to her back in a traditional African wrap and clinging to her sides. The other woman leads a little girl by the hand who could not be older than six.

As they walk across the dusty scrubland, one soldier repeatedly slaps the face of the woman who clutches the hand of the little girl. “You are BH [referring to Boko Haram], you are going to die,” he says. One of the men says what’s happening was caused by the family of the women.

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The four captives are walked off to the side of the road. The younger woman is blindfolded.  The other woman, seated on the ground, bows her head. “Yes, come here, little girl,” one of the men says to the child, pulling her shirt up and wrapping it around her face so she cannot see. The baby on the woman’s back is still looking around. And then the soldiers open fire with their assault rifles.

It is all filmed with remarkable calm, even the repeated shots to the head of the woman with the infant, and the infant as well, and then what appears to be a coup de grace for the little girl. (The video can be watched here, but be warned, it is not something that can be unseen.)

The government of Cameroon initially denied that members of its armed forces had carried out this extrajudicial murder in the region where Boko Haram jihadists operate—“fake news,” was the official proclamation—but after an international outcry the government changed its tune. Cameroon government spokesman Tchiroma Bakary said President Paul Biya had ordered an investigation…

In 2015 and 2016, U.S. military assistance to Cameroon increased dramatically as part of a broader effort to combat Boko Haram terrorists who operate mainly in the Lake Chad basin where the borders of Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, and Niger converge. Security assistance has dropped off dramatically in the last two years, from $80 million down to about $5 million. But in 2015 alone some 2,000 of the 14,000 soldiers in Cameroon’s military received American training, according to SecurityAssistance.org, which tracks such expenditures worldwide.

In the meantime, much of the Cameroon military attention has been refocused on the western, Anglophone parts of the country along the long Nigerian border, and that is where most of today’s atrocities appear to be taking place.

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