Over 257 girls were kidnapped from a school in Nigeria. The Boko Haram, an extremists Islamic group that wants to bring sharia law to the country, kidnapped the girls on April 15. There is a twitter campaign #BringBackOurGirls to garner support for those kidnapped and to spur action. Unfortunately, social media can’t do anything for this problem except make people aware. And Twitter will not convince these extremists to return these girls to their families. They will only listen to one thing: force. If I were President, I propose joint military and intelligence operations with Nigeria and other surrounding African nations.
The first part of the plan would be extensive drone and satellite surveillance over the areas suspected of Boko Haram camps. With the capabilities of the NSA, DoD, CIA and other national and international organizations there must be cached images that can give us hints to where these people went too. Fifty of the girls escaped so they also would have valuable intelligence on where the kidnappers went. Scouring thought the available satellite imagery and pressing any local contacts in the area would be a start to find the missing girls.
Once we have established the girls location we must try to contact the leaders of the groups. If we know where they are, then we keep the eyes in the skies on these people and get some teams on the ground for visual tabs on the group. We contact them via the available channels to tell them that we know where they are and they cannot hide from us anymore. Also, they have 72 hours to release the girls and turn themselves into the custody of the Nigerian military. It would be the hope that they would do the right thing, but these are religious extremists so there is a plan B.
Plan B would go into effect at the end of the 72 hours, or if any intel on the groups showed that they were going to move or harm the remaining girls. At that point, the U.S. special forces with the support of the Nigerian Army would go into the camps and free the girls. I would have the Special Forces take the lead because they are specially trained for these kinds of missions. The Nigerian Army would be able to mop up any that get away. The point would be to capture as many of these people for prosecution in Nigeria, but the use of force would be authorized against any combatants. Any other national military or special forces teams would also be welcome on this operation to give more attack teams and support.
The point of this mission is to show the world and other extremists groups that this form of warfare is not acceptable. Extremists only listen to force, not negotiation or diplomacy. Showing this level of force against them would hopefully convince other extremists groups to think twice before attempting something like this again.
What do you think? Is this a practical and realistic plan? What am I missing from this plan that I need to take into consideration? I welcome to the comments. Thanks for reading and have a nice day.
Questions? Comments? Concerns? Class dismissed!