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'Huge' effort needed to fight Boko Haram: US commander

Washington (AFP) - Turning the tide against Boko Haram will require a "huge" international effort, a top US military commander warned on Tuesday, taking a swipe at Nigeria's response to the emboldened extremists.

Relations between the Nigerian and US militaries have been strained with Nigeria cancelling training by US advisers of a unit that was supposed to fight the militants, who have captured towns and villages in the country's northeast and vowed to create a hardline Islamic state.

The conflict has left more than 13,000 people dead and one million homeless.

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Boko Haram not Nigeria's only intractable problem

Nigeria's electoral commission has decided to hold elections as scheduled on February 14 despite a raging insurgency in the country's northeast and a plea by an aide of President Goodluck Jonathan to postpone the polls.

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Why Maiduguri city is key to Boko Haram's future

In 2002, the group we know today as Boko Haram began life in a mosque in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state and the most populous and important city in northeastern Nigeria. Thirteen years later, Boko Haram are coming home – bigger, stronger and more dangerous than ever.

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Renewed Boko Haram raids kill many in northeast Nigeria

Kano (Nigeria) (AFP) - Scores of people have been killed and many others forced to flee to the mountains following a renewed series of Boko Haram raids in northeast Nigeria, a lawmaker and a relief agency official said Tuesday.

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