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Africa Subsaharan
Boko Haram faction claims to kill 40 troops in Nigeria town, army claims victory
2016-09-22
[Ynet] Nigeria's army claimed victory Wednesday in "a fierce battle" in a remote desert trading post where Islamic bully boyz said they killed 40 troops from a multinational force.

Army front man Col. Sani Kukasheka Usman said troops recaptured Malam Fatori town on Tuesday and killed several bully boys. But the forces of Evil regrouped at the nearby border with Niger and attacked again Wednesday. "The operation is continuing," Usman said.

ISIS's West Africa Province, one faction of the Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
bully boy group, claimed it had annihilated "a convoy of the African Coalition Crusader forces" at Malam Fatori, killing more than 40 soldiers, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors bully boy communiques.
It sounds like Abu Musab al-Barnawi's faction is getting busy. He's the one who recently stole Boko Haram from previous leader Abubakar Shekau, promising a kinder, gentler Boko Haram that will attack infidel churches and army targets instead of killing and kidnapping fellow Muslims.
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Africa Subsaharan
Nigeria ready to 'swap' Boko Haram prisoners for Chibok girls
2016-09-17
Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari, is prepared to swap Boko Haram prisoners for the Chibok schoolgirls, a minister has said.

Last year the government almost secured the release of the girls whose kidnapping triggered global outrage, but three times the negotiations collapsed. On the first occasion, in August, Buhari had agreed to the prisoner swap and the militants were taken to Maiduguri, the city Boko Haram regards as its spiritual home.

“All things were in place for the swap which was mutually agreed,” Lai Mohammed, the information minister, said in a statement. “Expectations were high. Unfortunately, after more than two weeks of negotiation and bargains, the group, just at the dying moments, issued a new set of demands never bargained for or discussed by the group before the movement to Maiduguri. All this while, the security agencies waited patiently. This development stalled what would have been the first release process of the Chibok girls.”
Sounds like terrorist negotiation 101...
The recent battle for the leadership of the group that has murdered, raped and kidnapped thousands of people and displaced millions has been a major setback in negotiations, he said. Islamic State, of which Boko Haram is an affiliate, announced last month that Abu Musab al-Barnawi was its new leader, replacing Abubakar Shekau – something analysts say may have been a reaction to the many Muslims murdered under his tenure.

However Shekau later claimed still to be in control of the group and a video released of the Chibok girls seemed to have come from his camp. “The current division among members of the terrorist group ... has seriously affected efforts to release the girls,” Mohammed said.

In an interview with the Guardian, Mohammed said that the government was now sure it was negotiating with the right people. The previous government under Goodluck Jonathan conducted high-level negotiations before realising that they were talking to charlatans.

“We are confident that we have a grasp of the divisions in the group, so when there have been setbacks in the negotiations we have known why,” he said. “We can’t put any sort of time on [their release]. The thing is we are dealing with a group that can change the goalposts at any time. It is and has been a really tricky situation,” Mohammed said.

He added that negotiations under Jonathan did not start until a year after the 276 girls were captured from a school in Chibok, north-east Nigeria, making it more difficult for Buhari. “It’s been a very testy matter because these divisions in Boko Haram are constantly shifting. But we inherited this situation and we are concentrating on rescuing the girls.”

Buhari’s government was thought to be attempting to rescue the girls. The army had launched air strikes on Boko Haram strongholds and claimed to have wounded its leader.

The Chibok girls represent just a fraction of the thousands of abductees – of all ages and genders – that Boko Haram has taken since its rise in 2009. In areas of northern Nigeria that the army wrested back from the terrorist group, millions of victims of malnutrition, neglect and in some cases famine are surfacing, presenting a humanitarian crisis on a scale that humanitarian workers are warning has never been seen before.
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Africa Subsaharan
ISIS' decision to oust notorious Boko Haram leader is tearing group apart
2016-09-17
[FOXNEWS] The Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
’s decision to oust the leader of Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
-- who had a penchant for using children as jacket wallahs ‐ is fracturing the Nigerian terror group as bloodthirsty holy warriors are divided amid a new push to attack Christian communities.
And you thought it was impossible to make ISIS gag!
The self-proclaimed caliphate announced in August that Musab al-Barnawi will be the Nigerian group’s new "governor" after Abubakar Shekau
... the lunatic leader of Boko Haram who has been reported dead at least eleven times, pledged his body and soul to ISIS, told his fighters to hang it up once or twice, and been fire by the Caliph and refused to step down ...
, its notorious former leader, apparently became too much for ISIS leadership in the Middle East, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Barnawi, rumored to be a son of the group’s founder, reportedly told ISIS’ newspaper that jihadists should shift their focus to Nigeria’s Christians, in a bid to win over public support after Shekau spent years attacking Moslem villages that didn’t join Boko Haram’s ranks.

The group, an ISIS affiliate, should be "booby-trapping and blowing up every church that we are able to reach, and killing all those we find from the citizens of the cross," Barnawi told the newspaper, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Such a move could exploit existing tensions in Nigerian communities with split Moslem and Christian populations, the newspaper added.

Under Shekau ‐ who took control of the group in 2009 ‐ Moslem civilians became the majority of the casualties in the violence, with holy warriors frequently enlisting children to carry out suicide kabooms.

"You can’t really be more barbaric and more savage than Shekau," Issoufou Yahaya, a political analyst and head of the history department at the Niamey University in Niger, told The Wall Street Journal. "He’s the pinnacle of barbarism."

But Shekau has not recognized Barnawi’s appointment, accusing him of apostasy and saying that ISIS’ leader, His Supreme Immensity, Caliph of the Faithful and Galactic Overlord, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
...formerly merely the head of ISIL and a veteran of the Bagram jailhouse. Looks like a new messiah to bajillions of Moslems, like just another dead-eyed mass murder to the rest of us...
, has been duped.

The two factions have been clashing as a result, accusing each other of abandoning their faith, The Wall Street Journal reported.

A new Boko Haram video released this week that declared allegiance to Shekau vowed to kill Nigeria’s president and army chief, according to The News Agency that Dare Not be Named.

New Boko Haram Video Threatens to Kill Nigeria's President

[ABCNEWS.GO] A new video by Boko Haram threatens to kill Nigeria's president and army chief and warns of further destruction, though the Islamic Death Eaters have not mounted a major attack in Nigeria in months.

A preacher in the video says Boko Haram is "even stronger now" and "will destroy what we never destroyed before," according to a translation from the Hausa by Premium Times newspaper.

The video posted on YouTube on Wednesday says it was shot Monday in Nigeria's northeastern Sambisa Forest at prayers marking Eid al-Adha festival. It shows scores of worshipping men, many armed, in a mosque and at an outdoor ceremony.

Army discovers Boko Haram conspiracy

[NEWS24.NG] The Nigerian Army claim to have uncovered a conspiracy in the latest Boko Haram video, saying that the images in the video showing thousands of Lions of Islam observing prayers during Eid celebrations as being photo-shopped, Naij reports.

The Army said in a statement that it sought to ease Nigerians who were apprehensive over the video, describing the act as a last resort to the few remaining Boko haram members to remain relevant.

"This has cast aspersion to the credibility of the clip and therefore should be disregarded. The Nigerian military is highly committed to making lives unbearable to the enemies of this nation wherever they are and would do all that is required within its rules of engagement to ensure that no part of Nigerian territory is conducive and habitable for forces of Evil and any other criminals to stay and operate," the statement read.

It also urged Nigerians not to bother over the antics of the sect as their end was imminent.

News24 reported that the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai, addressed top US defence officials and policy leaders on the efforts made by the military in the fight against insurgency in the North-East.

Buratai emphasised the fact that the fight against terrorism was one that concerned the entire global community and not only the countries.
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Africa Subsaharan
ISIS-affiliated Boko Haram leader injured confirms Nigeria’s leader
2016-08-29
[ALMASDARNEWS] Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari confirmed that the leader of ISIS-affiliated Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
, Abubakar Shekau
... the lunatic leader of Boko Haram who has been reported dead at least eleven times, pledged his body and soul to ISIS, told his fighters to hang it up once or twice, and been fire by the Caliph and refused to step down ...
, was injured in an Arclight airstrike conducted by the country’s airforce.

"We learned that in an Arclight airstrike by the Nigeria air force he was maimed," Buhari said in a statement on Sunday from the Kenyan capital Nairobi, where he is attending a development conference.

He also went on to claim that the Lions of Islam were in a bad position.

"Indeed their top hierarchy and lower cadre have a problem," Buhari said, adding, "They are not holding any territory and they have split into small groups attacking soft targets."

Last week Nigeria’s military said Shekau was maimed in an Arclight airstrike but released no further evidence or statement on his condition.

PressTV reported that according to ISIS-linked media, Abu Musab al-Barnawi, a former front man for Boko Haram, has replaced Shekau, who had been in charge since 2009. It was not clear why the change has taken place.

Shekau later released an audio message saying, "People should know we are still around," apparently defying ISIS and the decision to oust him.

Barnawi claimed his group remains "a force to be reckoned with," adding that the fight would go on against West African countries.

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Africa Subsaharan
Nigeria claims it killed Boko Haram's Shekau in raid
2016-08-23
[AllAfrika] The Nigerian Army on Tuesday announced the death of three key commanders of the extremist Boko Haram sect.

The army said the terrorists were killed on Friday in a major air strike on their location in the dreaded Sambisa Forest.

The spokesperson for the Army, Sani Usman, said the leader of the terrorist group, Abubakar Shekau, was also inflicted with with "fatal injury" during the operation.

Mr. Sani, a colonel, said the bombardment was carried out on Friday while Mr. Shekau, who the Nigerian military had pronounced dead several times in the past years, was leading his group in performing the Friday prayers at a secret location called Tayye in the heart of the vast forest.

The military has repeatedly claimed credit for killing Mr. Shekau. But the sect denounced the claims each time saying its leader remained alive. At times, Mr. Shekau would appear in a video to prove he had not been killed.
Let's hope they've got him this time. We've grown tired of the teasing.
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Africa Subsaharan
Nigeria: Military Says Boko Haram Leader, Shekau, Wounded in Deadly Air Strike
2016-08-24
More on this story from yesterday.
[AllAfrica] The Nigerian Army on Tuesday announced the death of three key commanders of the extremist Boko Haram sect.

The army said the terrorists were killed on Friday in a major air strike on their location in the dreaded Sambisa Forest.

The spokesperson for the Army, Sani Usman, said the leader of the terrorist group, Abubakar Shekau, was also inflicted with with "fatal injury" during the operation.

Mr. Sani, a colonel, said the bombardment was carried out on Friday while Mr. Shekau, who the Nigerian military had pronounced dead several times in the past years, was leading his group in performing the Friday prayers at a secret location called Tayye in the heart of the vast forest.

The military has repeatedly claimed credit for killing Mr. Shekau. But the sect denounced the claims each time saying its leader remained alive. At times, Mr. Shekau would appear in a video to prove he had not been killed.

The military however insisted that the original Abubakar Shekau had long been killed, and that the so-called Abubakar Shekau said to be alive was a made-up character.

Giving further details of Friday bombardment, Mr. Sani gave the names of those killed in the raid as Abubakar Mubi, Malam Nuhu and Malam Hamman.

Our correspondent in Maiduguri said the air raid was not immediately reported because journalists have no access to the location. Military insiders also said the air force had no idea how successful the bombardments were until late Monday when the Army became aware of those killed and injured in battle.

Colonel Usman's statement reads in full:

"In what one could describe as the most unprecedented and spectacular air raid, we have just confirmed that as a result of the interdiction efforts of the Nigerian Air Force, some key leaders of the Boko Haram terrorists have been killed while others were fatally wounded.

"The air interdiction took place last week Friday 19th August 2016, while the terrorists were performing Friday rituals at Taye village,

"Those Boko Haram terrorists commanders confirmed dead include Abubakar Mubi, Malam Nuhu and Malam Hamman, amongst others. While their leader, so called "Abubakar Shekau", is believed to be fatally wounded on his shoulders. Several other terrorists were also wounded".
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Africa Subsaharan
CIA asset Boko Haram releases videos showing masked gunman with kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls
2016-08-16
CIA asset? Where did that idea come from?
[SOTT.NET] Footage purportedly showing Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
's new leader has emerged online, displaying a masked gunman demanding that Nigeria's government release their fighters in exchange for the kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls.

The new video is thought to feature Abu Musab al-Barnawi, the recently appointed successor to Abubakar Shekau
... the lunatic leader of Boko Haram who has been reported dead at least eleven times, pledged his body and soul to ISIS, told his fighters to hang it up once or twice, and been fire by the Caliph and refused to step down ...
, who has not been seen since early 2015.

While as yet unverified, the video is similar to previous Boko Haram releases.

In the 11-minute clip, a man dressed in military clothing with a gun slung across his shoulder claims that a number of the kidnapped girls have been killed in Nigerian air strikes, while at least 50 young women in head scarves can be seen lined up against a darkened backdrop.

One of the captives, identified by the BBC as Maida Yakubu, is then directed to appeal to her parents to put pressure on the Nigerian government to release imprisoned Boko Haram fighters.

"We are suffering here, the aircraft has come to bombard us and killed many of us. Some are maimed. Every day we are in pains and suffering. Some of our husbands that we married also are injured, some dead. No one cares for us," the girl is reported to have said.

Posted to Twitter on Sunday by a Nigerian journalist, the broadcast claims to be a message to the "family of Chibok girls".
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Africa Subsaharan
Nigerian army says Boko Haram defeated; group's disputed leader vows to fight on
2016-08-12
[UPI] The Nigerian Army said it has defeated Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
though the Lion of Islam group's leader, embroiled in a split in the group, said he will fight on.

Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, chief of Nigerian army staff, on Monday said the ability for Boko Haram to re-group in any part of Nigeria has been degraded. He said the group has failed to carry out attacks or suicide kabooms in northeast Nigeria
... a particularly crimson stretch of Islam's bloody border...
recently because it has been defeated.

During a visit to Nigeria's Plateau state, Buratai said the conflict with Boko Haram will come to an end through the efforts of Nigeria's Special Task Force and other security agencies.

"You can see that our efforts in the northeast has really paid off, as you can recall the incessant bombing of market places and different places of worships and populated areas has virtually stopped now," Buratai said. "I can assure ... the people of Plateau state that they will never witness Boko Haram attacks like you witnessed in the past."

"The Nigerian army has not only succeeded in rooting them from their camps in the northeast, we have been able to block these criminal elements from crossing down to these areas or building their camp anywhere in Nigeria," Buratai added.

Meanwhile,
...back at the Council of Boskone, Helmuth had turned a paler shade of blue. Star-A-Star had struck again...
Abubakar Shekau
... the lunatic leader of Boko Haram who has been reported dead at least eleven times, pledged his body and soul to ISIS, told his fighters to hang it up once or twice, and been fired by the Caliph and refused to step down....

-- who said he remains the leader of Boko Haram despite contradicting claims -- released a video in which he vowed to continue fighting.

"I ... made it a duty for myself [to fight] Nigeria and the whole world," Shekau said in the video released on Sunday in which he dismissed an Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
announcement that he was replaced by former Boko Haram front man Sheikh Abu Musab al-Barnawi.

He also dismissed indications that Boko Haram is undergoing a split and that he had died. He was last seen in March.

"We have no desire to fight our Moslem brethren," Shekau said. "I'm alive by the permission of Allah."
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Africa Subsaharan
Shekau's video evidence of growing tensions between Boko Haram factions
2016-08-12
[IBTIMES.CO.UK] A video released by the disputed leader of Nigeria-based terror groupBoko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
is proof that there are tensions between the two factions within the Islamist outfit, a security analyst toldIBTimes UK.

Abubakar Shekau recently released a 24-minute clip vowing he would continue to fight. The video camedays afterBoko Haram's ally, the Isis terror group, replaced Shekau with Abu Musab al-Barnawi, former Boko Haram spokesperson.

Shekau, however, denied he had been replaced and claimed Barnawi was staging a coup against him. He also accused Barnawi of being an infidel who condoned living in a non-Islamic society without waging jihad.

Following the new appointment, analysts warned the group had split into two factions, one loyal to Shekau and the other to Barnawi.

"The video is another reason to expect some tension between Shakau's faction and the faction of Al Barnawi," David Otto, CEO of global security provider TGS Intelligence Consultants, told IBTimes UK.

"Shakau is probably doing this video appearance to reassure his followers that he is still alive and in control. Without this type of assurance, most of his bully boyz will cross over to Barnawi's faction. This could be a strong message of defiance to [Isis] - Shakau will not give up his leadership without a fight."

Otto added that Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (Aqim) could be interested in allying with Shekau, given his refusal to accept Barnawi as his replacement.
AQIM was the original alliance. Bamawi's group split off when Shekau chose ISIS instead, as I recall. So we now have the amusing sight of both trading allegiances.
"We may never witness a physical battle between Shakau's faction and that of Barnawi, but a battle of ideology will ensue," he said. "This is an indication that technically the fight against insurgency in the region is just beginning."
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Africa Subsaharan
Nigerian gov't dismisses new BH leader as 'cheap propaganda'
2016-08-07
[ALLAFRICA] Erstwhile leader of Jama'atu Ahl as-Sunnah li-Da'awati wal-Jihad, otherwise known as Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
, Abubakar Shekau, has released a recorded message a few hours after news of his successor was made public by ISIS.

This came as the Federal Government, yesterday, dismissed as cheap propaganda reported appointment of a new leader for the sect, saying it was too late to employ such tactics to revive the defeated terrorist group

The Islamic state bad boy group on Wednesday announced Abu Musab al-Barnawi as the new leader of its West African affiliate, Boko Haram.

Shekau in the 10-minute 23-second audio message in Arabic and Hausa, said he was deceived, but vowed never to stray from the ideology of the Jama'atu Ahl as-Sunnah li-Da'awati wal-Jihad which he said had a basis in the Koran.

Shekau in the recorded message said nothing would deter the sect from pursuing its cause, even if they were called 'kwawarij', meaning those that opposed arbitration as a means to chose a new leader.

Meanwhile,
...back at the laboratory, Igor and Oleg were discussing what the quickest way might be to deal with the monster...
the Federal Government has described as cheap propaganda the report that ISIS had appointed a new leader for Boko Haram, saying it was too late to employ such tactics to revive the defeated terrorist organization.

The government, in a remark made by Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, at the ongoing All Nigerian Conference of Editors in Port Harcourt, said: "By the way, don't believe the cheap propaganda by the global terrorist group, ISIS, which has reportedly named a new leader for Boko Haram.

"Our gallant military has put Boko Haram on the run and nothing will bring back the terrorists, not even the wishful thinking by ISIS."

Strategy Page: Boko Haram caught between the Nigerian air force and civilian village defence forces
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Africa Subsaharan
New Boko Haram leader is son of founder
2016-08-06
[UPI] The man named by the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
as Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
's new leader is the son of the latter group's founder, Mohammed Yusuf.

Abu Musab al-Barnawi was declared "governor" of the Nigerian organization in an Islamic State magazine. He is the son of Yusuf, who founded Boko Haram in 2002 and was killed by police in 2009, CNN reported Friday, citing an unidentified source.

Following a leadership split in the sect last month, which saw the rise of Boko Haram front man Abu Barnawi at the expense of longtime acknowledged leader Abubakar Shekau, Barnawi spoke in an interview of a change in direction. Christians, and not Moslems, will be Boko Haram's target, he said.

He told the magazine the plan is now to "blow up every church that we are able to reach" instead of sectarian violence against other Moslems.

"[Westerners] strongly seek to Christianize the society ... they exploit the condition of those who are displaced under the raging war, providing them with food and shelter and then Christianizing their children," Barnawi said in an interview translated by SITE Intelligence Group.

He added Boko Haram would strike back by "booby-trapping and blowing up every church that we are able to reach and kill all those who we find from the citizens of the cross."

Barnawi has maintained a low profile within Boko Haram, a contrast to the fiery
...a single two-syllable word carrying connotations of both incoherence and viciousness. A fiery delivery implies an audience of rubes and yokels, preferably forming up into a mob...
and hot-tempered Shekau, BBC News reported.

Shekau still maintains some power, with loyal soldiers and crucially, control of schoolgirls kidnapped in Nigeria's Chibok forest in 2014. The kidnapping of the girls brought global condemnation and attention to Boko Haram, and the abductees are seen as a powerful bargaining chip, CNN said.
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Africa Subsaharan
Audio from Boko Haram's Elusive Chief Fuels Talk of Split
2016-08-05
[AnNahar] Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
's elusive leader Abubakar Shekau broke his silence Thursday to insist he was "still around" following reports Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
had replaced him, but his message fueled talk of a split within the jihadist group.
An interesting addition to the BBC article james posted in the comments yesterday.
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