Cameroon – Boko Haram: Where are the 300 US troops?

US troops
Written by Deckson N.

While the atrocities of the terrorist cult started again, the US contingent is distinguished by a deafening silence.

This silence revives the controversy over the reasons for its establishment in Cameroon. Arrived secretly in Garoua in December 2015, the 300 US troops that were to help the Cameroonian troops in intelligence have not given any signs of life, even as suicide terrorist attacks of Boko Haram resumed. What have they become? Upon arrival to Cameroon, supposedly in secret, despite the announcement made on June 14, 2015 by the head of state of the US support in the fight against Boko Haram, they sparked a controversy on their presence in Cameroon. Estimated at around 150 at the end of December 2015, their number was expected to reach 300 total after their implantation in Cameroon, where they had established their base in the Benoue in Garoua. Officially, US troops were not responsible for any operational mission on the field of hostilities, and their job was limited to providing information for the benefit of Cameroonian troops in their hunt against Boko Haram.

With 4 drones flying over the border area between Cameroon and Nigeria, the Americans were supposed to provide credible information on the positions of the Boko Haram sect in Nigerian territory, and on their travels throughout the area of ‚Äč‚ÄčLake Chad and the conservation of their arms. It is indisputable that militarily speaking, Boko Haram has largely declined. Excluding the recent incursions in northern Niger, sanctioned by dozens of deaths and the burning of many villages, the Jihadists of Boko Haram, who have pledged allegiance to Deash have opted for more cowardly methods and underhanded attacks and suicide bombers.

But still, the activism of the followers of the sect continues to secrete deaths among innocent populations of Cameroon and the other countries of the Lake Chad Basin. Meanwhile, no report on the actions of Americans, despite the confidentiality that is supposed to regulate their alleged actions. Is it an originality of their intervention in Cameroon? In other places where US drones are operational, information fuse from time to time on their actions or their role in the capture of enemy soldiers.

The control of the Gulf of Guinea

In Garoua where they had established their headquarters at the Benue, people scrutinize their actions without much success. Naturally, one of the clauses of their specifications was to evolve in isolation, without contact with the population. Erasure is enough to raise questions about the role and the balance of US soldiers in the fight against Boko Haram, especially when some government officials evoke the recurrence of Cameroon destabilization maneuvers from outside. Speaking to a Cameroonian newspaper on December 30, 2015, an officer of the Cameroonian army showed jubilant about the role of US troops in the war in these terms:
these American troops bring us a lot in the field of intelligence and Aerial recognition. I can tell you that on the military level, the contribution of the Americans is appreciated by our soldiers on the front.
Is this assurance sufficient to remove ambiguities that still weigh within a certain opinion on this US involvement that so far does not systematically weaken the Islamist sect Boko Haram?

A question of conscience which gives credibility to the nervousness that accompanied the implementation of the Americans in northern Cameroon. Exactly some time just after the dismantling of a French military base in Ngaoundere, practically in the same area. What pushed some observers say that the two powers were engaged in a crossover war in northern Cameroon. Some wondered and still wonder why a military base in Garoua while this is the Far North which happens to be the epicenter of terrorist atrocities of Boko Haram.

The most devious who reject the presence of US troops, say they are often the crucible of destabilization and instability in host countries. And the world is full of countries that tirelessly seek peace after the passage of US troops on their territories: Afghanistan to Somalia through Iraq, Syria or Libya. What credibility to the fears of those who saw in the US deployment in Garoua a willingness of the army of the country of Uncle Sam to expand its influence on the continent, especially for control of the Gulf of Guinea which we know is the richness in minerals of all kinds and of all ilk.

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