The group Jama’atu Ahlus-Sunnah Lidda’Awati Wal Jihad, known as Boko Haram, is an extremist Islamic group in Nigeria that has engaged in guerrilla warfare across the north of Nigeria. Its violent attacks on government offices, the United Nations, and civilians threaten to destabilize Nigeria, Niger and Cameroon. A range of conflicting narratives persist around Boko Haram, and the group’s origins, motivations, and future plans remain a matter of debate.AREAS OF OPERATIONSDespite heightened security efforts, the group has managed to continue with its attacks. Since its inception, Boko Haram's primary areas of focus have been in the northern states of Yobe, Kano, Bauchi, Borno and Kaduna, although recent trends suggest that activities are moving southwards, with attacks being recorded in Plateau state, Abuja and Lagos (one suicide bombing incident). Jacob Zenn, in an article titled Boko Haram Opens New Fronts in Lagos and Nigeria’s Middle Belt and…
al Qaeda in the Lands of the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) - (Salafist Group for Preaching and Fighting (see separate entry)
al Qaeda in the Lands of the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) - (Salafist Group for Preaching and Fighting (see separate entry)SUPPORTED CAUSE; al Qaeda in the Lands of the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) - (Salafist Group for Preaching and Fighting (see separate entry) is also known as Al-Qaida Committee in the Islamic Maghreb, Salafist Group for Call and Combat (GSPC), Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat, al Qaeda Organization in the Islamic Maghreb, Al-Qa’eda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), Groupe Salafiste pour la Prédication et le Combat (GSPC), al Qaeda fo Bilad al Maghrib al Islami, Belmokhtar Group (BG), Tanzim al-Qaeda bi Balad al Maghrib al Islami (AQIM), AQLIM, AQIM.
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