Boko Haram (ISWAP) and ISIS: two of a kind?

The narrator (Shekau) says:“... 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” “We call on Muslims everywhere to pledge allegiance to the Caliph and support him, as obedience to Allah and as their application of the absent duty of the era”formalized allianceOn 7 March 2015, Boko Haram’s Twitter account released an audio message from the group’s leader, Abubakar Shekau, pledging allegiance (bay’ah) to the Emir of the Islamic State of Iraq and ash Sham (ISIS) / Islamic State (Islamic State of Iraq, ISIS or ISIL, IS). Al-Baghdadi’s acceptance of the pledge five days later formalised an alliance between two of the world’s most deadly terrorist groups. The Nigerian Islamist group has joined a growing…

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Virginia Comolli

Virginia Comolli runs the IISS Security and Development programme which analyses complex forms of insecurity afflicting the developing world. She joined the Institute in 2006 as part of the Military...

Kate Robertson

Kate Robertson is an Associate Analyst in the Defence and Security Research Group at RAND Europe in Cambridge. Her project work and conference presentations have focused on topics including ethical...