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Vol 50 No 16

Published 7th August 2009


Islamists raise the stakes as they take on Yar'Adua

A militant leader lies dead after his sect fought the faltering government

Within days of a truce being declared between militants in the Niger Delta and the government, serious fighting broke out in Nigeria's poverty-ridden north (AC Vol 50 No 15). It killed over 700 people and displaced thousands more. Although not directly related, the continuing crises in the most economically marginalised areas - the Niger Delta, where the oil industry has destroyed the local economy, and the north, where traditional agriculture is failing to sustain the people - mean that President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua is fighting a war on two fronts (AC Vol 50 No 14). For the intelligence services and military, that is an ever more threatening challenge.

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