Operation: Prowling Panther

Overview

Boko Haram war bands have moved into the southwestern part of Nigeria, the N’Ziwasogo province. Which warlords have supported the Boko Haram is unknown but there have been fights between the local warlords and Boko Haram. The warbands have murdered several local leaders and are using residence to house their soldiers.
Boko Haram killed over 5,000 civilians between July 2009 and June 2014, including at least 2,000 in the first half of 2014, in attacks occurring mainly in north-east, north-central and central Nigeria. Corruption in the security services and human rights abuses committed by them have hampered efforts to counter the unrest. Since 2009 Boko Haram have abducted more than 500 men, women and children, including the kidnapping of 276 schoolgirls from Chibok in April 2014. 650,000 people had fled the conflict zone by August 2014, an increase of 200,000 since May; by the end of the year 1.5 million had fled.

UN has requested NL forces to support a counter insurgency and peace enforcing operation. A composition of NLMARSOF Marines and Special Forces with supporting units, named 1SOLTG (1st Special Operations Land Task Group) will be attached to international Task Force 33 “Panther” to execute a piece enforcing operation in the N’Ziwasogo province

Summary

A team from 103SF callsigned Nassau11 inserted deep into Boko Haram territory by HALO parachute. The team remained there for weeks in order to gather effective intel on hostile movements and positions. In the 3rd week the team provided special support to Nigerian forces by finding hostile fire support positions (mortars mainly) and destroying them without being detected.

The team got in trouble by the end of the 4th week when their resupply helicopter gave away their position. The squad leader choose to break contact, and the team was chased over 72 hours through the jungle. HQ was able to contact the team eventually and coordinate an extraction. The whole team returned with minor injuries.

The rest of the tour Nassau11 was used for direct action operations like HVT capture and hostage rescue.