MNJTF Recovers Equipment from ISWAP Terrorists, Debunks Propaganda Video
The attention of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) has been drawn to a propaganda video being orchestrated online by agents of the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), purporting to show personnel and equipment allegedly captured in the ongoing conflict in the Lake Chad Area.
As usual, the ISWAP video is largely make believe and without any substance, as their claims are substantially debatable, while a few are pieces of information already in the public domain. It would be recalled that in previous press releases, the MNJTF had referenced a couple of ISWAP attacks on troop’s locations in Metele and Baga between December 2018 and January 2019.
In the said press releases, the MNJTF had made it known that there were personnel casualties and others Missing in Action. Therefore, other than sheer misinformation and crass propaganda which are aimed at causing panic and manipulating public opinion, the ISWAP video has not introduced any new dimension into the conflict discourse surrounding the ongoing counterinsurgency operations in the Lake Chad Area.
It would be recalled that following ISWAP attack on troop’s locations in Baga and surrounding localities between December 2018 and January 2019, the MNJTF launched Operation YANCIN TAFKI to among other objectives, rescue missing personnel and recover lost equipment.
Consequently, a sizeable number of the equipment shown in the video have since been recovered or destroyed in situ (please, refer to previous MNJTF press releases from February to April 2019). The Operation which is progressing steadily is committed to rescuing all MNJTF personnel who were declared Missing in Action. The MNJTF therefore wishes to assure the good people of the Lake Chad Region that the Force will never leave any personnel behind, as Operation YANCIN TAFKI continues.
It is essential to state that contrary to the fatuous and dubious claims to expansion in the Lake Chad Region, ISWAP’s influence has been curtailed considerably due to relentless pursuits by the MNJTF and national forces, as well as rejection by populations in the region. Armed Conflict Location and Event Dataset (ACLED) April 2019, sheds more light on the decline of ISWAP.
From the foregoing, it is clear that while the MNJTF is growing stronger operationally, ISWAP is loosing ground and influence, growing weaker and having to rely on the manipulation of public opinion to advance it’s sinister objectives. The public is therefore urged to disregard the spurious claims by the agents of destabilization.
Colonel Timothy Antigha
Chief of Military Public Information