Africa’s top terrorist, Boko Haram, has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The multinational force hunting him down has finally weakened his group enough for him to seek out help from ISIS.
“We announce our allegiance to the Caliph of the Muslims … and will hear and obey in times of difficulty and prosperity, in hardship and ease, and to endure being discriminated against, and not to dispute about rule with those in power, except in case of evident infidelity regarding that which there is a proof from Allah,” said the message.
Does that pledge is a move to counter his current losses in Nigeria? Are Boko Haram’s militant currently losing the fight against the international community?
It is possible that his forces are presently struggling and need both the financial and moral support of ISIS to keep fighting. ISIS will also help Haram’s group in media warfare and propaganda.
It is also possible that Boko Haram has pledged this allegiance to regain some media attention. With the current conflict in Iraq and Syria, the media have been barely interested in Haram’s action in Nigeria.
Boko Haram’s forces are currently massing in the northeastern town of Gwoza, their headquarters where a Chadian-led multinational force is operating. The multinational group has recently dislodged Haram’s militants in many southeastern town, most likely the motivation behing his current massing near Gwoza.
CNN on CIA’s Reaction
According to CNN the US intelligence community doubts Haram’s groups and ISIS will get along: “The CIA’s analysis has been that Boko is very African and rooted in that region’s Islamic practices, even if they have similar fundamentalist interpretations of Islam. And ISIS’s Arab leadership and membership tends to have racist attitudes toward blacks, not unlike the society they come from.”
Haram have been successful expanding his operation in neighboring countries such as Chad and Cameroon.
Do you think they will go along?
I will stand with the CIA here and I believe they won’t mainly due to recent Al-Qaeda comments stating that Haram’s groups killings were un-Islamic.