Boko Haram (ISWAP) Leadership Tussle August 2016 (Abu Mus'ab Habeeb Bin Muhammad Bin Yusuf Al-Barnawi v. Abu Mohammed Abubakar bin Mohammad Shekau)

LEADERSHIP TUSSLES NOTHING NEWThe Islamic State recognition of Abu Mus'ab Habeeb Bin Muhammad Bin Yusuf Al-Barnawi as Wali of ISWA and the responding audio statement by Shekau provide insight into tensions within Boko Haram / Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP). Shekau's lack of direct interaction with the Islamic State is noteworthy, in that he refers to letters as a method of communication.  That said, the competition of leadership within Boko Haram was first noted by TRAC at least a year its pledge to the Islamic State.For More on The Triad of Leaders in Boko Haram reflects it's Larger Transnational AspirationsIMPLICATIONS ON SHEKAUThe seeming leadership tussles do reflect a Shekau leadership that struggles to live up to the pledge made and accepting superiority over his leadership position. The audio statement indicates that Shekau is not dead, as so often speculated. For More on Who is the real Abubakar Shekau (aka Abu Muhammad…

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