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Vol 44 No 18

Published 12th September 2003


Nigeria

Delta force

The military's plans for the Niger Delta are unclear. The army launched 'Operation Restore Hope' in July, with the stated aims of enforcing peace and protecting oilfields. Troops are yet to start disarming ethnic militants as promised but patrols have begun moving from Warri into nearby Ijaw villages. Both sides say that the army is biased against them but tension is highest with the Ijaw people: Ijaws killed ten or more soldiers in March.

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