Islamic State West Africa (ISWA / ISWAP)

The death of ShekauOn 19 May 2021, Boko Haram (Jama'atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda'awati wal-Jihad) long time leader Abubakar Shekau killed himself with a suicide vest in a standoff with ISWA fighters in the Sambisa forest.  After years of small clashes between ISWA and Boko Haram, Islamic State Central Command leadership ordered ISWA to either capture or kill Shekau a thorn in their side since Boko Haram pledged to Islamic State.  Since that time, former Boko Haram fighters have either been killed or folded back into Islamic State, making ISWA's presence and strength in numbers greatly expanded.  Areas of operations have also multiplied; governance including Hisba law enforcement and tax collection has increased.(Video) Islamic State West Africa (ISWA): 'Those that Enjoin the Right'- Nigeria, 25 June 2021 (Features former Boko Haram Jama'atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda'awati wal-Jihad -members pledging allegiance)TRAC INCIDENT REPORT: Boko Haram's (Jama'atu Ahlis…

Islamic State West Africa (ISWA / ISWAP), also known as ISWAP is an active group formed c. 2016.
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