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|10 facts about new ISWAP/Boko Haram leader, Abu Musab al-Barnawi|
|[THENEWSNIGERIA.NG] His name means "the man from Bornu" in Arabic, but Abu Musab al-Barnawi officially became the leader of the now unified ISWAP/ terrorist group following the death of his former principal, , both of whom fell out on ideological grounds in 2015.|
For Albarnawy, about whom little is in the public space, this is a dream come true, his re-emergence from the fringes and obscurity into limelight. But unlike his former, expired boss, he is not given to hogging the limelight and rhetorics.
Still, many see his re-emergence as a move by the , IS, to unify the already fractured terrorist group and re-strategize.
Albarnawy himself claimed he had received directives from the IS to take over and coordinate all activities of the under one umbrella for easy movement of funds, weapons, and materials. To achieve this objective, ISWAP has taken over all territories under Shekau’s control and arrested 30 commanders loyal to him. Before then, other commanders loyal to Shekau had surrendered to him.
Here are facts on the new ISWAP/Boko Haram leader.
|Nigeria's Boko Haram leader |
|[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Nigerian leader has been seriously after trying to kill himself to avoid capture during with rival ISIS-allied in the north of the country, two intelligence sources said on Thursday.|
Shekau’s Boko Haram faction and fighters from the West Africa Province had been battling in northeastern Borno state, where ISWAP have become the dominant force in Nigeria’s more than decade-long insurgency.
Shekau, who made international headlines when his men kidnapped nearly 300 schoolgirls in Chibok in 2014, has been reported dead several times since Boko Haram first began its insurgency in 2009.
After a series of , Shekau and some of his fighters were surrounded on Wednesday by ISWAP miltants in Boko Haram’s Sambisa forest stronghold, where they demanded he surrender, one intelligence source said.
"To avoid capture, Shekau shot himself in the chest and the bullet pierced his shoulder," the source said, adding: "He was badly injured."
So he either shot himself or he exploded. I'll go with exploded.
Some of his men managed to escape with him to an unknown destination, the source added.
That would be The Great Beyond if he did explode.
A second intelligence source said Shekau was critically after detonating explosives in the house where he was holed up with his men.
"Is he dead?"
"I dunno fer sure. All the pieces of him I saw are!"
"We are investigating," Nigeria’s army Mohammed Yerima told AFP by text, asked about those reports.
Shekau’s critical injury or death would be a blow to his Boko Haram faction which has already been weakened by military air strikes on its bases and defections among his men.
More than 40,000 people have been killed and over two million displaced from their homes by the conflict in , and fighting has spread to parts of neighbouring Chad, , and Niger.
Boko Haram and ISWAP have fought battles for control of territory in the past.
ISWAP has emerged as the stronger force, carrying out complex attacks on the military and overrunning army bases.
Shekau took over Boko Haram, formally known as the Jama’tu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati wal-Jihad, after its founder Muhammad Yusuf was killed by police in 2009.
Under Shekau’s leadership, Boko Haram turned large swathes of the northeast into a no-go territory, proclaiming a "caliphate" in the Borno town of Gwoza in 2014.
An offensive since 2015 by Nigerian troops backed by soldiers from Cameroon, Chad, and Niger drove miltants from most of the area that they had once controlled.
Angered by Shekau’s indiscriminate targeting of civilians and use of s, a rival faction broke away in 2016 to become ISWAP with the backing of the ISIS group.
Boko Haram leader, Shekau, dead as ISWAP fighters capture Sambisa forest
[PREMIUMTIMESNG] leader, , is dead, HumAngle is reporting.
According to the news platform, the incident occurred on Wednesday evening following the invasion of the terror group’s stronghold in the Sambisa forest area by a column of West Africa Province (ISWAP) fighters.
ISWAP, which had broken away from the Shekau-led Boko Haram faction in 2016 after pledging allegiance to the Islamic State (ISIS), raided the group’s hideout using multiple gun trucks.
Mr Shekau’s enclave was tracked down by ISWAP using its forces based in the Timbuktu Triangle. His fighters were killed in the process, followed by a long gunfire exchange between the invading group and Shekau’s bodyguards.
HumAngle gathered that after his bodyguards were subdued, Mr Shekau surrendered and engaged in an hours-long meeting with the ISWAP fighters.
During the parley, he was asked to voluntarily relinquish power and order his fighters in other areas to declare bai’a (allegiance) to ISWAP’s authority. They had expected Shekau to issue a statement.
Sources within the insurgency, however, said that Mr Shekau who secretly had a on eventually alongside everyone present during the negotiations.
The identities of the people within ISWAP’s leadership who to remain unclear at this time.
Mr Shekau had been the leader of Boko Haram since 2009 following the death of the group’s founder, Mohammed Yusuf. He had been rumoured to have been killed at least four times between July 2009 and Aug. 2015.
|Nigeria has no answer after 10 years of Boko Haram|
|[ARABNEWS] It is 10 years since Mohammed Yusuf (Abu Yusuf al-Barnawi), a preacher fiercely critical of Nigeria’s wealth inequality and corruption despite the country’s return to democracy in 1999, which many believed would quickly remedy these ills. transformed from radical Islamist sect to terrorist insurgency group, coinciding with the rise of its current leader, . He succeeded |
In the first decade, the group set about fulfilling its name ‐ decrying Western education and its influences while propagating radical Islamist messages. Boko Haram means "Western education is forbidden" in the Hausa language spoken in parts of northern Nigeria. The group fed on societal frustrations, poverty, illiteracy and widening inequality. Within a few years, Boko Haram became popular and increasingly antagonistic to non- s and the Nigerian state. It became apparent that its escalating confrontations with state security forces were a threat to a young federal republic.
The group was banned in 2009, leading to widespread rioting and with security forces that left more than 300 people dead. Its leader and dozens of its members also perished at the hands of Nigeria law enforcement, the same sort of blood and violence that has become a part of Boko Haram’s creed. Over 10 years, it has killed more than 35,000 people, injured thousands and displaced at least 2 million in an asymmetric "holy war" against the Nigerian state.
Just last week, a Boko Haram attack on a funeral procession in northeastern Nigeria claimed more than 60 lives. A few days earlier, a group of men on s opened fire on mourners returning from a burial, killing nearly two dozen, in an attack also linked to the group. A Boko Haram timeline features increasingly frequent massacres, shootouts, s, kidnappings and even prison breaks.
Before the notorious Chibok kidnappings that attracted worldwide attention, Boko Haram attacks were few and far between, but since 2015 they have been a weekly, if not a daily, occurrence. Some victims may be part of the state security apparatus, the regional joint task force or local militias and vigilante groups, but the bulk of deaths and injuries affect innocent civilians. The Chibok tragedy has left a pervasive sense of despair across Nigeria because citizens are finding it difficult to trust that the federal government can protect the citizenry and eradicate Boko Haram.
Years of counter-insurgency operations by the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) between Nigeria, Chad, Niger, and , with support from 300 US advisers, have neither eradicated Boko Haram nor slowed its operations. There is no shortage of manpower given the involvement of local militias and a private military company, but the group remains active and appears to show no signs of waning.
At the heart of these failures are reports of low morale among poorly equipped task force troops as well as porous Sahel-West Africa borders and rampant corruption, which allow Boko Haram to stock up on weaponry sourced from strongholds in Libya. Other factors, such as poor coordination, the lack of coherent strategies and failure to attain agreed objectives, have made success elusive for anti-Boko Haram operations.
|17 dead, 28 wounded in Somalia bomb blast|
|[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The from a ing in Mogadishu on Monday climbed to 17, hospital officials said, with more than two dozen in claimed by a s.|
"The bodies of 17 people killed in the blast were taken to the hospital mortuary while 28 others were admitted for various wounds," said Mohammed Yusuf, the director of Medina Hospital, the main trauma facility in the Somali capital.
|Durotoye says Boko Haram still alive only because powerful people are making money from counter-insurgency|
|[PULSE.NG] Presidential candidate of the Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN), Fela Durotoye, believes the only reason 's insurgency has not ended after nine years is because there are powerful people making money from the nation's counter-insurgency.|
The terrorist group's insurgency escalated in 2009 after its spiritual leader, Mohammed Yusuf, was extra-judicially murdered by . Hundreds of the group's members were also killed during the crackdown by the military.
While speaking during an interview with Pulse on Tuesday, December 4, 2018, Durotoye said the military has not been deliberate in its prosecution of the war because certain people are profiting from it.
He said unnamed military sources have previously told him that soldiers on the frontlines are sometimes ordered to not kill in their sights for unexplained reasons.
He further accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of using funds meant to prosecute the war to fund elections instead.
He said, "I spoke with a couple of military guys in the last two weeks and some of them were saying, 'Sir, we don't understand what's going on because sometimes even when you see the people and you want to attack them, they'll tell you not to.'
"This is what they said. They said they'll get orders from above to say, 'Don't kill them, capture them'. But these guys here have guns they want to kill you and you say don't kill them. If you say capture them, then there's a problem.
"I think it's important that we have military that are deliberate about ending this whole terrorism.
"For me, if you see that $1 billion is spent on arms against Boko Haram every four years just before election, you realise that there's more than meets the eye there.
"We know that every war all across the world, there are people, especially in the military, that are making a lot of money from it. In Nigeria, it's no different."
He said the APC and PDP have both used funds meant for financing the military to fight Boko Haram to achieve political means and urged Nigerians to vote both leading parties out in the 2019 general elections to prevent a future recurrence.
He said, "There are people that are making money from this and every war situation because there are people who are there and supposedly buying arms but we saw with Dasuki-gate especially where the money for the arms went. The money for the arms went to Ekiti election.
"PDP did it, APC did it. The only way to make sure it does not happen in the next four years is to make sure that it's not PDP or APC you're voting. That's the only way. We cannot continue to do the same thing the same way and expect different results."
|Nigeria: Outrage As Government Claims Feeding El-Zakzaky With N3.5m Monthly|
|[All Africa] The Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed sent the Internet buzzing yesterday when he claimed the Nigerian government spends about N3.5 million monthly to feed detained leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) Ibrahim El-Zakzaky. The Shiite has been since December 2015 after soldiers clamped down on his supporters killing dozens of them.|
In a video that went viral, Mohammed, who was apparently addressing some journalists, said he was giving the information in an off-the-record basis, to serve as a background to their reports.He said it was wrong to compare what was happening to El-Zakzaky, whose followers have been confronting security agents since his incarceration, with what befell the late leader leader, Mohammed Yusuf.He said the IMN leader was undergoing criminal prosecution in Kaduna State and that the court had denied him bail. He explained that instead of detaining him in a prison, the Federal Government decided to hold El-Zakzaky in a building belonging to the Department of State Services. The eats whatever he likes in detention, he said, noting: "It costs the government about N3.5m every month to feed him."
Mohammed claimed he got the figure from relevant government agencies, describing the IMN issue as "sensitive."The television station that released the clip has since apologised to the minister. But activist, Femi Falana, criticised Mohammed's disclosure, saying: "It is money poured down the drain." He added: "Since the army had demolished their house the court ordered that a house be provided for them. A government that has brazenly disregarded these valid and subsisting orders of a competent court is now insulting the collective intelligence of Nigerians by claiming that it is spending N3.5 million to feed the couple in the illegal custody of the DSS."
|Boko Haram Faction Chief Reappears after Health Questions|
|[AnNahar] factional leader has re-emerged in a new video after a long absence that fueled speculation about his health and ability to lead the Islamist s.|
In a 36-minute message, seen by AFP on Tuesday, Shekau wore a white robe and skull cap, and held an assault rifle as he sat in front of a military camouflage canvas.
He appeared unwell but made no direct mention of his health or reports from last month that he had high blood pressure, failing eyesight and diabetes-related complications.
The jihadist leader used to appear frequently on camera but was last seen in a 14-minute video message on February 6, in which he for attacks in He is widely believed to be aged in his late 40s. The U.S. justice department lists 1965, 1969 and 1975 as possible years of his birth
He said the latest message was recorded on July 12 at the request of his supporters "as a kind of Eid greetings... to show that their brethren are well, in view of all sorts of things infidels are saying (about us) which we have ignored."
The end of the holy month of Ramadan was celebrated in Nigeria on June 15. It was not possible to obtain independent verification of the claimed date, and there was no explanation about the apparent delay in recording or publishing the message.
In May 2017, Shekau looked frail and appeared to have difficulty reading from a prepared speech, which he held close to his face in an apparent indication of vision problems.
Two well-placed sources told AFP last month that Shekau's health was failing and he was "too weak to be in charge" of the jihadists.
His lieutenants were said to be in talks about the situation.
Boko Haram, whose insurgency has left at least 20,000 dead since 2009, split in mid-2016 over ideological differences about the targeting of civilians in the conflict.
One faction, headed by Abu-Mus'ab al-Barnawi, whose father Mohammed Yusuf founded Boko Haram, won the support of the group.
The Barnawi faction has been blamed for a spate of attacks in recent days against the military northeast Nigeria.
Eight people were killed in a at a mosque in Borno state on Monday, in an attack that bore the hallmarks of the Shekau faction.
|ISIS becoming increasingly decentralized, US warns partners of threat|
|[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The United States warned judicial and law enforcement officials from around the world of the dangers posed by an increasingly de-centralized ISIS group spreading to new regions.|
At a two-day conference in Washington that concluded Wednesday, the US State Department designated seven ISIS-linked groups as terrorist threats -- underlining the reach of the network.
The ISIS group’s former stronghold in its so-called "caliphate" in eastern Syria and northern Iraq has been all but destroyed by US-backed military operations, but the are adapting.
And, with overt military targets harder to find, the next stage in the fight against the will lean more heavily on law enforcement and civilian prosecution of suspected s.
"I think what we’re seeing is ISIS becoming increasingly decentralized," said the State Department’s counterterrorism coordinator, Nathan Sales, who addressed the meeting.
"ISIS is evolving and adapting," he said, explaining the decision to blacklist the ISIS regional groups under separate designations.
Motivated by same ideology
"You’re seeing groups from all corners of the world motivated by the same bloody and deadly ISIS ideology, using the same sort of techniques targeting innocent men, ."
In Nigeria and the Lake Chad region a group that split from the local and led by Boko Haram founder Mohammed Yusuf’s son Abu Musab al-Barnawi is now designed as ISIS-West Africa.
In the Philippines, the list now includes ISIS-Philippines and its ally the Maute Group, which triggered the siege of the city of Marawi in May 2017 and has attempted to bomb the US embassy in Manila.
The ISIS-Somalia group began as a small 20-strong splinter from the a movement under Abdiqadr Mumin and his deputy Mahad Moalim, but has grown in strength and imported arms from Yemen.
Washington is also concerned about the group’s growing foothold in the Indian subcontinent, where the now designated ISIS-Bangladesh launched its campaign by killing an Italian aid worker in 2015.
In Egypt, the US terror designations now list ISIS-Egypt as a separate group from ISIS-Sinai province, with both having carried out attacks and the former claiming responsibility for a deadly 2016 church bombing.
The new designations also include Jund al-Khilafa, a Tunisian that has pledged allegiance to IS leader The conference was hosted jointly by the State Department, INTERPOL and the International Institute for Justice and the Rule of Law.
Washington is also urging reluctant partners such as and to take custody of their citizens who joined the ISIS group and were captured in Iraq or Syria and bring them up for prosecution.
|Police Accused of Killing Boko Haram Founder Reinstated|
|[AnNahar] Five Nigerian Mohammed Yusuf while in their custody have been reinstated, a police oversight body said on Monday. who were accused of killing 's founder |
The officers were charged with committing a terrorist act and unlawfully killing the Islamist group's spiritual leader during days of unrest in the northeast city of Maiduguri in July 2009.
The , in which about 800 Boko Haram followers were killed, prompted an escalation in violence that has since left at least 20,000 dead and made over 2.6 million more homeless.
A judge in Abuja in late December 2015 acquitted the police on the grounds the prosecution could not establish a case against them. The ruling attracted little publicity at the time.
A for the Police Service Commission, Ikechukwu Ani, confirmed a report in the Daily Trust newspaper that the officers were now back on the beat.
"It is true. They have all been reinstated. The Police Service Commission acted upon a memo sent to it by the inspector general of police," he told AFP.
"The memo was accompanied with the court orders that they should be reinstated. The court acquitted them of all the charges and we have no choice but to obey the orders of court."
Amaechi Nwaokolo, a Nigeria security analyst at the Roman Institute for International Studies in Abuja, said the acquittal and reinstatement was "a source of concern."
Boko Haram has long used the fact that no-one has been prosecuted or convicted for Yusuf's death as a reason for its armed struggle, he argued.
"This development will further give Boko Haram a tool for recruitment and radicalization of its ranks by using it to show the lack of justice it has been preaching," he said.
"Extra-judicial killings by state security apparatus give terrorist groups the needed tool and justification to recruit others and carry out terrorist acts as retaliation.
"It was the killing of Yusuf that led to the escalation of the violence and the degeneration of the conflict to the level we have today."
Nigeria's security services have been repeatedly accused of abuses against civilians during the insurgency, including arbitrary arrests and extra-judicial killing.
Many civilians have been held for years without access to lawyers or being brought to court.
|Rangers present 'dead' MQM-L activist alive to 'expose party's anti-state propaganda'|
|[DAWN] A -London (MQM-L) activist declared dead by the party and his family was presented alive at a Rangers on Thursday to 'expose the MQM-L's anti-state propaganda'.|
Pakistain Rangers Sindh Spokesperson Maj Qambar Raza, speaking at the at Rangers Headquarters in , said that the MQM-L on Aug 7 issued a accusing the paramilitary force of kidnapping, torturing and killing the worker.
Maj Raza said that Mohammed Yusuf, alias Thelewala, of MQM-L Unit 125 in Qasbah Aligarh was, according to the party, kidnapped allegedly by the Rangers on July 17. Subsequently, Yusuf's body was allegedly found mutilated in Orangi Town's Hawa Goth the same day, according to the party.
The party alleged that Rangers personnel had tortured, extra-judicially killed, and later dumped Yusuf's body there. According to an MQM-L , the Edhi centre buried his body on July 30 after it remained unclaimed, and the family had later identified him via a picture.
Maj Raza said: "The truth is that the law enforcers had conducted a raid on a construction firm in Gulshan-e-Zia of Orangi Town on July 17 for Mohammed Yusuf's arrest but he was not there."
|Boko Haram Kidnap 22 Girls, Women in Northeast Nigeria|
|[An Nahar] Islamists have 22 girls and women in two separate raids in , residents and vigilantes told AFP Friday.|
In the first attack on Thursday, the jihadists raided the village of Pulka near border with where they kidnapped 18 girls.
"Boko Haram fighters from Mamman Nur camp arrived in pickup vans around 6:00 am and seized 14 s aged 17 and below while residents fled into the bush," a Pulka community leader told AFP by phone.
"They picked four other girls who were fleeing the raid they came across in the bush outside the village," said the community leader who asked not to be named for fear of reprisals.
According to the official, the attackers were loyal to the faction headed by Abu Musab al-Barnawi, the son of Boko Haram founder Mohammed Yusuf.
Barnawi was appointed last year by the group to replace leader , who had pledged allegiance to the Middle East jihadist group in 2015.
Another resident confirmed the raid and said the girls were likely to end up as brides for the fighters.
"They didn't harm anyone during the raid and they made no attempt to shoot people running away from the village," said the resident.
In the second incident outside the village of Dumba, close to Lake Chad, the jihadists killed a herdsman who had tried to escape after refusing to pay protection money, said Adamu Ahmed, a member of an anti-Boko Haram militia.
"When the Boko Haram came for the money they realised he had left with everything and they decided to go after him on their s," Ahmed said.
"They caught up with him near Dumba where they slaughtered him and 50 of his cattle.
"They took four women from the man's family and the rest of the herd," he said.
The promotion of Barnawi had revealed divisions in the group, as Shekau had been criticised for mass killings and s against civilians.
Barnawi and his right-hand man Mamman Nur, who is seen as the real leader, had promised residents in areas under their control would not be harmed as long as they did not cooperate with Nigerian troops fighting Boko Haram.
But in recent weeks the Islamist fighters have intensified raids in areas near Lake Chad, stealing food from residents.
|Boko Haram members clash over leadership|
|[NAIJ] A major fight has broken out among members of the terrorist group following the announcement of a new leader for the group by the group, the AFP has reported. |
Abu Musab al-Barnawi, the son of Boko Haram’s founder Mohammed Yusuf, was named as the new leader of the group recently causing a battle for supremacy between him and the hitherto known leader, Abu Shekau. Shekau announced days later that he remained the leader of the sect. The military also reported recently a strike that dealt a major injury on Shekau.
AFP quoted sources as confirming the clash between factions of the group that has killed over 20,000 people and rendered millions homeless since 2009. The report said last week, while the military continued to decimate the sect, two between the factions of the group led to the death of many loyalists of Shekau in the Monguno area of Borno state near Lake Chad.
The foreign news source quoted one Mele Kaka, a resident of the area, as saying: "The Barnawi faction launched an offensive against the Shekau faction who were camped in the villages of Yele and Arafa.
"In Yele, the assailants killed three people from the Shekau camp, injured one and took one with them, while several were killed in Arafa."
Abu Musab al-Barnawi, the new leader appointed by ISIS for Boko Haram Kaka said the clash caused residents of Arafa to flee just as the report added that a day before, members loyal to Barnawi attacked loyal to Shekau in Zuwa village in Marte district, killing an unspecified number.
"The Barnawi fighters told villagers after each attack that they were fighting the other camp because they had derailed from the true jihad and were killing innocent people, looting their property and burning their homes.
"They said such acts contravene the teachings of Islam and true jihad," Kaka said.
Hajiya Aisha Wakil, believed to be close to the sect, had recently said the were ready for dialogue and release of some of the 219 school girls from Chibok.