In the past two years, Boko Haram has orchestrated a campaign of bombings, assassinations, and abductions in Nigeria and nearby countries. The results have been devastating.
Children and women are increasingly used in suicide attacks - often without even knowing.
The United States is using small-scale teams of US special forces in West Africa that help countries, including Niger and Nigeria, in their fight against Boko Haram.
They do not go into combat or even wear uniforms. Instead, they focus on finding local partners willing to fight and work out ways to stop young people from being recruited.
On Inside Story, we ask if this strategy will work? And can it be used elsewhere?
Presenter: Sami Zeidan
Jason Fritz - senior researcher, Valens Global
Ryan Cummings - specialist on terrorism, security and crisis
Richard Weitz - senior fellow and director of the center for political-military analysis at the Hudson Institute
Source: Al Jazeera