They pulled back from a border region and stayed clear of fighting between Boko Haram extremists and government troops.
Boko Haram forces have won virtual control over northern parts of Nigeria and neiboring states by slaughtering hundreds of civilians, kidnapping scores of teenage girls and forcing Nigerian troops to flee.
Now the Canadian military says it will step up its role in Niger if Ottawa decides to send aid. The government of Niger, a poor desert country, recently declared a state of emergency in the border region of Diffa after a number of attacks by Boko Haram.
Training offered includes shooting, communications and mission planning – skills that will better serve them against a fanatical foe. Boko Haram is believed to control more than 50,000 square kilometres of territory in western Africa and is destabilizing the region.
Ottawa is emphatic, however, that Canada’s special-forces, however willing, were never under fire from Boko Haram and did not engage them. The Canadians are involved in an annual U.S.-sponsored military exercise called Flintlock, which ended last month.
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