There are two organizations of people in the news today whose level of evil staggers the imagination. ISIS in Syria and Iraq is known for its beheadings, crucifixions, and massacres of the innocent. Boko Haram in Nigeria is known for kidnapping Christian school girls and using them for sex slaves, as well as for its massacres of the innocent. Now these two groups have joined forces.
Boko Haram has sworn allegiance to ISIS and the Caliphate that it is proclaiming. This gives ISIS an inroad into Africa, making it more of a universal Caliphate. And it gives Boko Haram a greater status as part of that Caliphate.
Boko Haram, the Nigeria-based Islamist terror group, has pledged allegiance to ISIS, according to an audio message purported to be from Boko Haram’s leader, Abubakar Shekau.
In the audio, which was posted online Saturday, the speaker says Boko Haram is announcing its “allegiance to the Caliph of the Muslims, Ibrahim ibn Awad ibn Ibrahim al-Husseini al-Qurashi,” which is another name for ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. . . .
“Boko Haram joining the ISIS fold makes sense to both groups,” [expert Jacob Senn] said from Abuja, Nigeria. “Boko Haram will get legitimacy, which will help its recruiting, funding and logistics as it expands into (French-speaking) West Africa. It will also get guidance from ISIS in media warfare and propaganda. Previously Boko Haram was a sort of outcast in the global Jihadi community. Now it is perhaps ISIS’s biggest affiliate.
“ISIS gets more international legitimacy as a global caliphate.”