Timothy Antigha, a Nigerian army officer who is also the spokesman for the MNJTF, said in a statement reaching Xinhua in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno, that the very last engagement between the multinational force
and Boko Haram was on July 29.
Egypt's army chief-of-staff, General Mahmoud Hegazy, met on Sunday the head of Multinational Forces
and Observers, Robert Stephen Beecroft, during his visit to Egypt, the military spokesperson said in a statement.
The Minnesota National Guard unit, the 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry Regiment, did not simply support the MFO--it was the multinational force
's lead military contingent.
An attack on the multinational force
of more than 1,600 troops could open a new front in the US-led war against the Islamic State, or ISIS, which has an offshoot in Sinai.
The Boko Haram pledge to IS comes as the militants reportedly were massing in the northeastern Nigerian town of Gwoza, considered their headquarters, for a showdown with the Chadian-led multinational force
Baga came into the international spotlight early in 2013, when dozens of people, mostly civilians, were killed in fighting between the multinational force
and Boko Haram.
From this perspective, the bodies responsible with logistic planning and leadership at the level of the multinational force
, have to obtain and clarify, for all functional domains of logistics, the information which is necessary to know the troop contributing nations' own capabilities, the capabilities of the organization itself, and also the capabilities which can be obtained at local level, or within the surrounding area of the theater of operations.
My multinational forces
swiftly located and dealt with this Somali pirate group, sending out a clear message that piracy no longer pays."
The Multinational Force
and Observers (MFO) could not immediately be reached for comment.
Prior to that, he was commander of the multinational force
in Iraq from July 2004 to February 2007.
An International Security Assistance Force service member died following an insurgent attack in Kabul, the multinational force
announced in a brief statement without going into details of the attack.