[FROM THE ARCHIVES] BIAFRA: The Untold Story Of Nigeria’s Civil War

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Location of Biafra: By Eric Gaba (Sting – fr:Sting) – Own work-Background map: NGDC GSHHS and WDBII data Biafra independent state borders reference maps: UN, Matthew White, Otvaga2004, Travel-Image (originally a CIA map ?), Biafra land and MSN Encarta, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1454719

Secret American diplomatic dispatches, spread over 21,000 pages, provide previously unknown information about the Nigerian Civil War

Early in the morning of 1 July 1967, Nigeria’s young head of state, Colonel Yakubu Gowon, was feeling uneasy in his office at the Supreme Headquarters, Dodan Barracks in Lagos. The unease was a result of his being ceaselessly pressured to authorize a military invasion of the breakaway Republic of Biafra.

Thirty officers had been recalled from courses abroad. Trains and truck convoys, bearing fuel, supplies and men, were…

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