Chad President Idriss Deby said the militant group Boko Haram has been “decapitated” as defense forces in the region are collaborating to fight the Islamists.
“The war will be short,” Deby said in remarks broadcast Wednesday on national radio in the capital, N’Djamena. “It will end before the end of the year and Boko Haram will disappear with the establishment of the joint force,” he said, referring to plans to boost co-ordination between West African militaries.
Chad, Niger and Cameroon are part of a multinational force to counter the growing threat that Boko Haram poses in the region. The group’s home ground is northeastern Nigeria, where it has killed thousands of people in a six-year campaign to establish Shariah, or Islamic law.