The Nigerian army has retaken the north-eastern town of Baga, held by Boko Haram militants since 3 January.  In a tweet from its official account, the army said that “mopping up” operations were continuing.

But who are Boko Haram(BH)?

Here are some facts about them…

Founded in 2002, initially focused on opposing Western-style education – Boko Haram means “Western education is forbidden” in the Hausa language.
Launched military operations in 2009 to create Islamic state.
Thousands killed, mostly in north-eastern Nigeria – has also attacked police and UN headquarters in capital, Abuja.
Has abducted hundreds, including at least 200 schoolgirls.
Controls several north-eastern towns.
Has launched attacks on Cameroon.

Boko Haram are the largest Islamic Jihadist group in Africa and were the most notorious until ISIS pitched up recently in Libya beheading Egyptian Christians.  Will the Syria based ISIS look to ‘team up’ with BH?  I personally don’t think so.  Despite BH displaying ISIS flags and propaganda and citing affiliations with the likes of ISIS… the Syrian based Islamic State have never reciprocated the same dialogue back to Boko Haram.

Without a doubt both entities have separate agendas and I cant really see the benefit of mutual aid.  Do ISIS need Boko Haram? ISIS has a core of 25’000-30’000 fighters whereas BH have 6’000-7’000.  ISIS is attractive to foreign fighters who travel from around the world to join their ranks (the last estimate is 2’700 Westerners alone are fighting for ISIS) whereas any foreign fighters rushing to swell the ranks of BH are non-existent or negligible at the most.

If ISIS do swell their numbers in the African continent be sure that BH will disappear from our radars as it is swallowed up by the Islamic Caliphate.

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  1. Boko Haram and ISIS wont be teaming up, at least not any time soon. Both of them have declared themselves to be the caliphate.
    And the thing about the caliphate is, that like the highlander, there can be only one.

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