In recent news, Boko Haram has announced its loyalty and undying devotion to the Islamic State. Boko Haram also called upon all Muslims to submit to Caliph Ibarhim (a.k.a. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi) and stated the following concerning the Islamic State: “will hear and obey in times of difficulty and prosperity.” Isn’t that just touching, the various Islamic warrior groups are proclaiming their fealty to each other. Will there be any be any immediate affect on the the people that Boko Haram is trying to conquer? Probably not much more than some extra cash for Boko Haram, but if nothing else it’s a good piece of propaganda for both Boko Haram and the Islamic State. I wonder if some people still believe that such groups aren’t Islamic in any way? I suppose that these same people will call the Lord’s Resistance Army and Joseph Kony Christians though. Here’s Abubakar Shekau’s declaration of allegiance for anyone who wants to listen:
In other Boko Haram news: the Nigerian Army has claimed victory in several towns in Yobe state, terrorist attacks in Maiduguri killed at least 47 people, and Nigeria’s allies have claimed to launch a major offensive in northeastern Nigeria. The African Union has also sanctioned a force of 8,700 men to take the fight to Boko Haram, how cohesive that fighting force will be is another story though.
Here are some interesting videos from France 24 concerning Chad’s involvement in the ongoing war with Boko Haram:
I’ll close out this post by referring everyone to a rather compelling article onThe Atlantic about the Islamic State, its motivations/desires, and the tactics/theology that it has chosen. Since Boko Haram has promised its undying affection and devotion towards the Islamic State I think that it’s a worthwhile read to try and understand what they’re thinking.