US Halted Israeli Arms Transfer to Nigeria to Fight Boko Haram

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A combat Cobra helicopter fires during the EFES-2010 military exercise in Izmir May 26, 2010. The exercise, which takes place between May 6 to May 29, is held annually by the Turkish Army.

The United States paused the resale of US-made military helicopters by Israel to the Nigerian government for its fight against Boko Haram last summer, according to Abuja.
The transfer of such aircraft requires a review, Obama administration officials told The Jerusalem Post, in order to determine its “consistency with US policy interests.”

Reviews of this kind take place in the case of “any requests for one country to transfer US-origin defense items to another country,” White House Assistant Press Secretary and Director for Strategic Communications Ned Price said.

The policy requires US transfers, including of Boeing aircraft, take into account “the risk that significant change in the political or security situation of the recipient country could lead to inappropriate end-use” of the weapons.

While the Nigerian report suggests Abuja sought the purchase of Boeing CH-47 Chinook helicopters, Israel predominantly uses Sikorsky CH-53 aircraft for missions involving heavy-lift transport. Both Boeing and Sikorsky are American companies.

KEY TAKEAWAYS:

  • The risk that significant change in the political or security situation of the recipient country could lead to inappropriate end-use” of the weapons.
  • Nigerian report suggests Abuja sought the purchase of Boeing CH-47 Chinook helicopters.
  • Israel predominantly uses Sikorsky CH-53 aircraft for missions involving heavy-lift transport.

“Nigeria receives extensive training and assistance from the US government in its battle against Boko Haram.”

“The ideology of ISIL [Islamic State] or al Qaida or Boko Haram will wilt and die if it is consistently exposed and confronted and refuted in the light of day,” Obama said in his address to the UN General Assembly….

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