>> Once an obscure Islamist sect, Boko Haram is a deadly militant group pledging allegiance to Islamic State and wreaking havoc for civilians in West Africa. A joint regional task force is hoping to finally end the seven year insurgency, which has spread from Nigeria into Chad, Niger, and Cameroon.
But lingering divisions within the multinational group is complicating their mission. Reuters Deputy Bureau Chief Joe Bavier on the Ivory Coast explains.>> They're much better coordinated than they have been in the past but they're each under command of their own military hierarchy and they're also assuming the costs of this operation themselves.
So there's always the risk that if priorities take one army somewhere else, they'll end their part of the fight before the job is done.>>
The message from the Nigerian government is that Boko Haram has nearly been defeated, potentially, life changing news for the 2.4 million people that it's displaced.
But not everyone is convinced.>> There is a great deal of hope that any increased coordinated effort against Boko Haram will allow them to go home. However, there is quite a bit of skepticism. A lot of the civilians that we spoke to when we were in Southern Niger, didn't really have a whole lot of faith in their own armies, Nigerians in particular.
They've really put their hopes in the Chadian army. They're the most capable army in the region but at the same time, Chad is under a great deal of economic stress right now with falling oil prices.>> Boko Haram does have fewer footholds than it once did, and its leader may even be dead.
But the force tasked with driving them out is still a far cry from the dedicated 9,000 strong multinational group that it set out to be. Something that would have more chance of finally defeating an enemy that knows no borders.