Boko Haram Is Winning in Africa, Officials Say

Boko Haram has retaken the battlefield advantage against a loose coalition of military forces, and continues to claim a huge swath of territory in West Africa, U.S. counterterrorism officials and experts told NBC News. In the past week, the Nigeria-based Islamist terror group — which has pledged allegiance to ISIS — struck a police academy in Chad's capital, killing dozens of officers and recruits. Boko Haram also killed dozens of Nigerians in a series of attacks on the city of Maiduguri as well as a bombing of Bauchi, Nigeria. "They are winning," said John Campbell, the Ralph Bunche Center director at the Council on Foreign Relations and a former U.S. ambassador to Nigeria.

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