Niger soldiers ambushed : Islamic state claims responsibility

May 16, 2019 | Brainwave Science

Niger soldiers ambushed : Islamic state claims responsibility

SITUATION

Jihadists linked to the Islamic State group on Thursday claimed responsibility for ambushing a military convoy in the West African nation of Niger, killing 28 soldiers in an area near the Malian border where extremists killed four U.S. soldiers in 2017.

The soldiers in Niger were on patrol on Tuesday when they came under attack by heavily armed assailants who then fled toward the border, according to the defense ministry.

The Islamic State West Africa Province on Thursday asserted that it carried out the ambush as well as another deadly attack earlier in the week on a prison, according to the SITE Intelligence Group.

The ambush took place near Mangaize, about 45 kilometers (27 miles) from Tongo Tongo, the site of the October 2017 attack in which American soldiers died.

The latest attack underscores the security challenges facing Niger, one of the world’s poorest countries. It has faced a growing threat from Islamic extremism in recent years as jihadists have spilled across the border from Mali to the west and Nigeria to the south.

A regional counterterror force known as the G5 Sahel is aimed at containing the extremist threat, but member nations have cited issues with insufficient funding.

The 2017 attack by more than 100 Islamic State group fighters, which also killed four soldiers from Niger, prompted a U.S. military investigation. A report found that “no single failure or deficiency was the sole reason” for what happened. The outnumbered soldiers had been searching for a high-level Islamic State group leader.

CHALLENGE

Such deadly attacks are not a piece of cake for investigative agencies to solve. When the onslaught of the terrorist groups is tough, then there is no place for regular investigations like this.  In fact, once ‘war’ is declared, then regular investigations and interrogations are replaced by militaristic interventions. There is because of the lack of time and resources. Thus, multiple acts of crime are often summarized and grouped as terror incidents. This abstraction often omits crucial details out from the investigations and thus dilutes it.

The site of the incident has witnessed another such massacre in the past. Usual interrogation cannot be trusted to find out links, if any, to the previous attack. The soldiers were ambushed. There have got to be terrorists who have an idea about what happened in 2017 and what happened in 2019. However, it is rather difficult to extract such information from the suspects, when caught. If such information can be gathered, then it can assist in the functioning of the border security agencies.

Counter-Terrorism agencies require a way to gather accurate and infallible information. The captured insurgents have been through weapons training, brainwashing, and propaganda literature. Conventional interrogation techniques cannot accurately distinguish between an innocent and a terrorist. Humans hide crucial details and lie.

Similarly, Senior terrorists or leaders know much more than foot soldiers. Such as information about past attacks, current operations, and plans.

Knowing who the gang leader is can help investigators understand the structure and the hierarchy of the group.

WHY ICOGNATIVE?

A solution exists which can indicate the level of a person’s likely involvement of crimes and terrorism. Moreover, it can also help to determine the level of radicalization. Such a technology indeed exists and is called “iCognative” technology. The Massachusetts based Brainwave Science is the developer and provider of iCognative.

The iCognative technology uses a computer-based tool to indicate if the person being tested has a memory of a particular word, phrase or an image or not. This knowledge can be extremely useful for law enforcement, counter-terrorism, border security. By becoming capable of distinguishing an innocent from a guilty, the agencies can gain the upper hand in the fight against terror groups and other criminals. A simple iCognative test takes around 45-minutes per individual.  There is no verbal exchange between the test administrator. No questions are asked. A proprietary wireless headset and a laptop computer are used to flash images, words, and phrases to the subject. His or her brain response is different depending on whether he or she has prior memory or exposure to the flashed item or not. This response can be recorded and analyzed by the revolutionary iCognative system and report it with 99.9% accuracy.

iCognative is based on the processing of brains responses. It measures a distinct change in electrical activity when a human brain responds to the sight of familiar stimuli.

In this case, when the suspects are arrested, the stimuli can be site, time and other details of the massacre, the same details related to the 2017 attack to trace links,  details of the other attack on the prison, There is no trauma and torture meted out to the testee. In fact, no questions are asked. There are no countermeasures to the test, unlike conventional lie-detection mechanisms. The test is accurate to a degree of more than 99%. It reports no false positives or false negatives. This is the revolution in intelligence gathering which the counter-terrorism agencies have been looking for. There is no torture involved and the testee is relaxed. The has vast applications and is applicable in more than 85% of all criminal and civil cases.

False imprisonment, delayed justice, and torture can be avoided by the use of iCognative. The Government of Niger stands to benefit greatly by using iCognative by Brainwave Science as their intelligence gathering tool in their fight against the ISWAP and allied terrorists.

Main Content: AP

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