Nigeria Reverses, Will Deal With Boko Haram for Girls

Meanwhile, US begins flying search missions

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted May 13, 2014 11:24 AM CDT | Updated May 13, 2014 11:33 AM CDT

(Newser) – Nigeria might be open to negotiating with Boko Haram after all. Special Deputies Minister Tanimu Turaki tells the BBC that if the militant group really is willing to trade the captive school girls for jailed jihadis, it should send a representative for talks. Earlier the country's interior minister had said such swaps, which were suggested by Boko Haram's leader, were "not on the table." But Turaki, who chairs President Goodluck Jonathan's committee on Boko Haram, says "dialogue is a key option."

In this  photo taken from video by Nigeria's Boko Haram terrorist network, Monday May 12, 2014 shows their  leader Abubakar Shekau speaking to the camera.
In this photo taken from video by Nigeria's Boko Haram terrorist network, Monday May 12, 2014 shows their leader Abubakar Shekau speaking to the camera.   (AP Photo)
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