Video: Nigeria in “talks” with Boko Haram to return abducted girls

posted at 12:01 pm on May 13, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

When are talks not negotiations? That question arises from ABC’s report on the latest in the frantic search to find more than 200 girls abducted by Boko Haram, an Islamist terrorist network which has taunted authorities ever since with threats to sell their hostages into sexual slavery. The Nigerian government has opened talks with the group’s senior leadership, but are taking pains to claim that there are no negotiations in progress:


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Talks are underway between Nigerian officials and senior leadership of Boko Haram, the chairman of the Nigerian president’s Boko Haram “Dialogue Committee” confirmed exclusively to ABC News.

Kabiru Tanimu Turaki would neither confirm nor deny that the talks are with the specific individuals holding the kidnapped girls, only the group’s senior leaders.

Turaki made a distinction between “talking” and “negotiating,” saying at this point the sides are not negotiating for the return of the imprisoned group members in exchange for the schoolgirls. There are more than 4,000 Boko Haram members in detention, according to the Nigerian Interior Ministry.

Turaki says he is confident that a peaceful, negotiated solution can be found.

This sounds like a distinction without a difference. One would presume that talks which include no actual negotiations would be rather brief — “Release the girls,” followed by “No.” Yesterday I mentioned that most countries have a no-negotiation policy with terrorists to keep from incentivizing attacks on civilians, and this report sounds like Nigeria is trying to eat its cake and have it too, but that will only last until either a solution is found or the girls get rescued. At the point where Nigeria gives concessions for a release, the “negotiation” will be rather obvious.

CNS News noticed an interesting inclusion in the video:

A new Boko Haram propaganda video released Monday, showing some of the more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls it abducted last month wearing Islamic garb and chanting the Islamic declaration of faith, also features an al-Qaeda banner.

The banner held up behind the reciting girls by two of their number, is the black-and-white one first used by al-Qaeda in Iraq about seven years ago but since displayed by al-Qaeda affiliates in Yemen, Somalia, Syria and Libya. …

As early as June 2012, then-U.S. Africa Command commander Gen. Carter Ham was voicing concern publicly about indications that Boko Haram, AQIM and al-Shabaab were “seeking to co-ordinate and synchronize their efforts.”

The three groups may be sharing funds, training and explosive materials, Ham told a seminar at the Africa Center for Strategic Studies in Washington, calling the situation “a real problem for us and for African security in general.”

After resisting lawmakers’ calls to designate Boko Haram as a foreign terrorist organization for almost two years, the State Department eventually did so last November.

A State Department reward offer for information leading to Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau being brought to justice refers to “reported communications, training, and weapons links” between Boko Haram, AQIM, al-Shabaab, and the Yemen-based al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. Those links, it says, “may strengthen Boko Haram’s capacity to conduct terrorist attacks.”

The State Department now recognizes the connections between Boko Haram and a-Qaeda — years later than they should have, but those connections are on record. Just bookmark that for later use, when people insist that Boko Haram has nothing at all to do with Islamist terrorism.


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Duck-face Michelle is hashtagging, indignantly.

She should rip Hillary and her ‘husband’.

Schadenfreude on May 13, 2014 at 12:04 PM

How absurd is Brandeis now, having refused Hirsi Ali’s speech.

God, the Islamists win by watching the West, just sitting there.

This girls event is 3rd century on display.

Schadenfreude on May 13, 2014 at 12:06 PM

obama/Hillary started and propagate the war on women.

Schadenfreude on May 13, 2014 at 12:06 PM

Wait, how are they sure it will happen in time?

rogerb on May 13, 2014 at 12:07 PM

I have a sinking feeling this is going to get much worse before it gets any better.

Brat on May 13, 2014 at 12:08 PM

I have a sinking feeling this is going to get much worse before it gets any better.

Brat on May 13, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Hashtag bang-bang..
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Electrongod on May 13, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Yea… we are negotiating with terrorists… You can all thank the mighty Hashtag Warriors for this development.

oscarwilde on May 13, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Yea… we are negotiating with terrorists… You can all thank the mighty Hashtag Warriors for this development.

oscarwilde on May 13, 2014 at 12:16 PM

If only we could have had Twitter in 1939; we could have sent dozens of divisions of pointed tweets into Europe and avoided all that bloodshed.

slickwillie2001 on May 13, 2014 at 12:24 PM

But what if we held negotiations on twitter? With the result of the negotiations being decided by the highest amount of followers for a specific #hashtag deal?

Example: #276girls10terrorists

C’mon. It’s the next logical step!

chuckfinlay on May 13, 2014 at 12:30 PM

wearing Islamic garb and chanting the Islamic declaration of faith, also features an al-Qaeda banner.

Amazing what can be accomplished when you point an AK at someone.

Or an IRS audit.

Bishop on May 13, 2014 at 12:31 PM

These third string jihadis are preening like a bunch of beauty contestant wannabees. The only thing that we know will come of this is that third string jihadis world-wide will observe and draw conclusions.

Immolate on May 13, 2014 at 12:31 PM

Trying to put the best possible light on it, perhaps this is a stall
till Delta 6 gets locked in, captures the bad guys and sends them all to Oklahoma for execution.

butch on May 13, 2014 at 12:32 PM

Trying to put the best possible light on it, perhaps this is a stall
till Delta 6 gets locked in, captures the bad guys and sends them all to Oklahoma for execution.

butch on May 13, 2014 at 12:32 PM

Rabbit hole extraction on aisle five.

Immolate on May 13, 2014 at 12:34 PM

This is a muslim tactic….

“From approximately 650 until around the 1960s, the Arab slave trade continued in one form or another. Historical accounts and references to slave-owning nobility in Arabia, Yemen and elsewhere are frequent into the early 1920s.

In 1953, sheikhs from Qatar attending the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II included slaves in their retinues, and they did so again on another visit five years later.

As recently as the 1950s, Saudi Arabia’s slave population was estimated at 450,000 — approximately 20% of the population…”

wiki entry:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arab_slave_trade

workingclass artist on May 13, 2014 at 12:35 PM

It’s just unimaginable to me what those poor girls are going through. Somebody needs to get off their hashtag and drone those barbarians.

Brat on May 13, 2014 at 12:37 PM

Where are the oh-so-’liberal’ Jeantels of HA?

Creepy hypocrites!

Schadenfreude on May 13, 2014 at 12:49 PM

So are these Boko guys like Varsity or Jayvee terrorists? I believe the president has made the distinction in the past.

DontDroneMeBro on May 13, 2014 at 12:50 PM

Ed,you’re a fine one to be talking about distinctions without differences when you keep using the term “Islamist,” as opposed to simply “Muslim.”

The Boko Harem group is simply a group of orthodox Muslims doing exactly as the Koran inculcates. There is not a Muslim on the planet that condemns what they’re doing in any specific way

A good article in the Daily Caller via Robert: ‘US Muslim groups won’t move to excommunicate Boko Haram’

http://dailycaller.com/2014/05/12/us-muslim-groups-wont-move-to-excommunicate-boko-haram/

Every Muslim on earth supports the abduction of these girls.

That Muslim family you see in the grocery store? Supports it.

That smiling Muslim bank teller woman in the hajib (you know, with all your financial information at her disposal) — supports it.

That smiling Muslim waiter guy with the beard and the skull cap? (You know, who could be doing anything to your food back in the kitchen) — supports it.

That Muslim doctor that you go to that cuts you open when you’re under anesthesia? Supports it.

They won’t advertise that they do. But they do. That’s what Islam is.

WhatSlushfund on May 13, 2014 at 12:58 PM

These third string jihadis are preening like a bunch of beauty contestant wannabees. The only thing that we know will come of this is that third string jihadis world-wide will observe and draw conclusions.

Immolate on May 13, 2014 at 12:31 PM

It’s times like this we really miss the old Warthog.

One of those would wipe the smiles off of their faces – fast.

Adjoran on May 13, 2014 at 1:00 PM

I think Nigeria should offer the following in negotiations:

“Release the girls unharmed and we will not turn you over to their mothers.”

malclave on May 13, 2014 at 1:09 PM

I have a sinking feeling this is going to get much worse before it gets any better.
Brat on May 13, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Birth demographics says you are correct, sir.

Cleombrotus on May 13, 2014 at 1:23 PM

Oh, and define “better”.

Cleombrotus on May 13, 2014 at 1:24 PM