Boko Haram’s tactics in West Africa resemble Daesh (ISIS) terror group

2021-06-01 20:39:45
Boko Haram’s tactics in West Africa resemble Daesh (ISIS) terror group

Observers of Boko Haram, which has inflicted years of terror on northern Nigeria, note that its attacks and cruelty frequently resembles those of Daesh (ISIS), from the beheading of its victims to taking territory and an increasingly sophisticated use of social media.

ISIS and Boko Haram share the same violent and deviant ideology, which involves the killing of people they perceive as having different beliefs.

"Our hostages are Christians or corrupted Muslims who follow the Christian way," Boko Haram's leader Abubakar Shekau said in 2014.

Shekau, the long-time leader of the extremist group -- also known as Jama'atu Ahlus-Sunnah Lidda'Awati Wal Jihad (JAS) -- has waged an insurgency in northeast Nigeria for more than a decade.

The Nigerian army said last week it is looking into reports that Shekau has died after blowing himself up to avoid being captured by a rival group known as ISWAP, a group that broke away from Boko Haram in 2016 to align with ISIS.

Like Daesh, Boko Haram, has received international aid from Saudi Arabia and some Arab countries, which has increased the group's power.

Another part of Boko Haram's strategy that was probably borrowed from ISIS is its concentration on creating its own space either side of international borders. Just as Daesh had occupied territory on both sides of the Syrian-Iraq border before it was defeated, so Boko Haram has focused on Borno state, which borders both Cameroon and Chad.

More than 30,000 people have been slaughtered and almost 3 million displaced in a decade of Boko Haram's violence in Nigeria, says the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Boko Haram’s harsh violence has spilled over into the neighboring countries of Chad, Niger, and Cameroon, which have come together to create a joint military force to fight the terrorists.

The presence of terrorist groups in Africa has been an excuse for global powers to re-enter these countries. This was seen in the French military intervention in Mali and the US military campaign in Somalia.

Terrorist groups in Africa an excuse for Western powers to exploit continent

Despite the departure of former colonial powers from African countries, Western neocolonialists are spreading terrorism to justify and expand their military presence in the continent.

These countries have been inciting sedition and discord in the region for their own interests. This has raised doubts about the connection of Western countries with terrorist groups.

The US has long been accused of colluding with Daesh to provide safe passage and logistical support to its members in conflict zones.

The Syrian army troops, backed by Russian airstrikes, managed to remove Daesh from all of its urban strongholds in the country. In Iraq, the PMU forces, better known by the Arabic name Hashd al-Sha'abi, did the same against the terror group, prompting former Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi to announce the total defeat of Daesh in the Arab country in late 2017.

After the defeat of terrorist groups like Daesh in Iraq and Syria, many experts believe the West decided to use Africa as a breeding ground for terrorism and spread violence.

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