A file picture of a screengrab taken on Oct. 2, 2014 from a video released by the Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram and obtained by AFP shows Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau gesturing as he delivers a speech. AFP PHOTO / HO / BOKO HARAM
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At "Ground Zero" in Africa's counter-terrorism fight, senior U.S. officials warned of deepening links between the Islamic State and Boko Haram and prodded Chad's ruling strongman to introduce reforms for the sake of long-term stability.But in a rare appearance before foreign journalists at his presidential palace, Chadian President Idriss Deby indicated he wouldn't help in the U.S.-backed effort to install a unity government in Libya, his country's northern neighbor, a former foe and an incubator for Muslim extremist groups.Gen. Donald Bolduc, commander of special operations in Africa, highlights the country's precarious position dealing with a multitude of hostile militant groups and unstable neighboring governments.Boko Haram has launched attacks on Chad's territory from its base in Nigeria to the southwest. The 63-year-old Deby, who seized power himself in a coup after helping Chad defeat Libya in the 1980s, said Washington and other powers were partly to blame for the Boko Haram-IS threat.
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