Boko Haram, ISIS Both Taste Heavy Defeats As Gov't Forces Up The Ante

The good thing about the bad guys is they bite the dust sooner or later.

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In some rare good news out of Nigeria, their Lieutenant-General Tobiah Minimah has revealed that government forces have reclaimed two of the three states from terrorist group Boko Haram.

With Yobe and Adawama both back under government's control, Boko Haram is now limited to just Borne, where 24 of the 27 areas have already been freed, says Minimah.

And in another three weeks, President Goodluck Jonathan has promised that in three weeks Nigeria will be free of what's left of Boko Haram.

The news brings much-needed relief to the embattled country as Boko Haram has killed 13,000 Nigerians since launching its mission to establish an Islamic caliphate in 2009.

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Boko Haram isn't the only militancy group that has faced major setbacks this past week. Middle East-based ISIS – to whom Boko Haram pledged allegiance earlier this month – has also been forced out of some key areas in Tikrit, Iraq, as per an Iraqi security official.

Those who had fled what is late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's hometown are now returning, with Iraqi forces confident of driving out ISIS entirely within a matter of days.

"Iraqi security forces and the different supporting groups are winning the battle against ISIS in Saladin, it is a matter of time and we will release the news of taking over Tikrit within few days," the security official told NBC News.

While Boko Haram's end looks near, accomplishing the same with ISIS will take some doing due to its size and reach. Global powers must not just fight this evil behemoth in their own capacity, but form a multinational joint task force, like the one Nigeria, Chad and Niger formed in 1998 and which Cameroon later joined too.