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Nigeria Says Arms Refusal by U.S. Aids Boko Haram

Newspaper article International New York Times

Nigeria Says Arms Refusal by U.S. Aids Boko Haram

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Two days after meeting with President Obama, President Muhammadu Buhari said the United States' refusal to arm Nigerian forces made it harder to fight the militants.

The United States has unintentionally helped Boko Haram militants by refusing to arm Nigerian security forces who are fighting the Islamic extremists, President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria said this week.

Two days after meeting with President Obama at the White House, Mr. Buhari said on Wednesday that his country's security forces were "largely impotent" in their fight against Boko Haram, and he put the blame on an American law that blocks assistance to foreign security forces that are accused of human rights abuses.

The application of the law "has aided and abetted the Boko Haram terrorists," Mr. Buhari said in a speech to the United States Institute of Peace, according to a transcript posted on the institute's website.

Mr. Buhari urged Mr. Obama and Congress to find a way around the law, which restricts sales of certain weapons. …

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