Just over 48 hours ago Human Rights Watch issued a new report. This is a potential game-changer when it comes to how Nigeria receives Military Assistance from the United States in the ongoing struggle against Boko Haram.
In this report HRW delivers this bombshell: That Boko Haram is currently using Child Soldiers in its Campaign of Terror against the Christians and the Muslims who do not follow their version of Islam in the Northern States of Nigeria. These States also practice Sharia Law as well. Why is this news so important? There is more than one answer to this question at this point.
First is the timing of it. Just a few short weeks ago the US State Department Declared that both Boko Haram and the Breakaway Ansaru faction were Foreign Terrorist Organizations. This means that the US Treasury will look into how this group raises funds amongst other actions. The report if verified by the US Embassy in Abuja and the State Department in Washington will trigger a mechanism in the Child Soldiers Law.
Under this Law if Child Soldiers are used in a Country whether it is by Government Forces, Paramilitary Forces or Insurgents the Country will not be able to Purchase Arms from the United States unless a Waiver is Granted by the President for National Security Grounds. Recently Uganda, South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo have been granted such waivers to conduct Operations to locate Joseph Kony.
So when there is verification of this news from Nigeria how will the Administration and Congress react? It does not promise to be pretty.
In Other News:
Tying in with some of the news just listed about reports are coming in that Ugandan Troops have killed 14 members of the Lord's Resistance Army in the Central African Republic.
Speaking of the Central African Republic Crisis: A vote on whether or not to send Foreign Troops into the Country to act as Peacekeepers is expected to be taken on Thursday. France started floating around a Resolution promoting this action. We shall see how this takes place.