Boko Haram Strikes Another Coalition Base In Nigeria
NEWS 10/06/2039 10:15 PM ET
Boko Haram Strikes Another Coalition Base In Nigeria
by Molly Fraser-Collins

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Boko Haram has struck both Coalition installations and the cities near them.
Boko Haram launched another long range attack on a Coalition base in Nigeria yesterday, killing 230 and wounding several thousand more.

The White House announced the attack at 1:30 p.m. local time, several hours after the attack.

"FOB Trajan was attacked at approximately 5:30 this morning local time, by forces belonging to Boko Haram. There was severe loss of life and damage to Coalition assets on the ground," Lt. Gen. Zach Leonard said to media.

"Coalition forces from Camps Hodson and Trident have been dispatched to aid the survivors and evacuate casualities. We have deployed Dreadnoughts and we are mounting several patrols in the region, and will continue to do so until we find and kill those responsible for this cowardly attack."

The victims' families have all been notified, said Gen. Leonard.

Forward Operating Base Trajan is located near Gombe, a town of approximately 150,000 in north-eastern Nigeria. The base hosts 5,000 US and Nigerian personnel.

After the US and allied drawdown of troops and equipment in 2029, Maiduguri had been the northernmost Coalition base. Its forces patrolled throughout the Borno region, frequently clashing with Islamist militants.

However, Coalition forces have been steadily pushed back over the past five years, conceding ground due to attacks of increasing intensity and frequency. FOB Trajan is now the Coalition's north-easternmost installation, approximately 275 kilometers from Maiduguri.

Gen. Leonard refused to comment on the possible weaponry used by enemy combatants against FOB Trajan.

"We believe the attack occurred from no more than 30 kilometers away," Gen. Leonard said.

Anonymous US and Coalition defense sources have consistently claimed that Boko Haram and its allies in the region appear to be in possession of highly advanced equipment and the training to effectively use it.

In 2034, Harry Gilchrist authored an exposé for HuntCour, alleging that enemy combatants had access to equipment beyond that of US forces in Nigeria. Gilchrist claimed Russian surface to air defense systems operated by Boko Haram had shot down as many as 15 US aircraft in August 2033, and that Coalition bases near Maiduguri had been fired upon with next generation German artillery pieces the following year.

The Pentagon fervently denied the claims as part of a general backlash against the piece. It continues to assert that attacks on Coalition bases are limited in scope using expected munitions, and that a southerly withdrawal is part of Operation Key Stability, as the US and its allies hand over territory to Nigerian forces.

The attack on FOB Trajan has caused renewed speculation about Boko Haram's technological capabilities and its logistics network. Online commentators believe the incident throws doubt on the Pentagon's stance that prior strikes on Coalition bases have been conventional.

Gilchrist's piece implicated Abu Mahmd al-Assem, Boko Haram's leader since 2022, in the acquisition of the group's advanced military hardware. Al-Assem's last public appearance was a clip released February 2029, in which he urged African Muslims to continue to attack Coaliton forces.

US intelligence was revealed to be in pursuit of al-Assem in last year's "breach and close" incident, which saw operatives engage in firefights with al-Assem in the cities of Chennai and Kochi.
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