Monday, March 2, 2015

Boko Haram's Beheading Video

A Nigerian group who refers to themselves as Boko Haram released a video Monday on their Twitter account called "Harvest of Spies"  In the video, the Boko Haram militant questions the prisoner on where he was from, who sent him, how much did they pay him and why was he sent? 

The two men being questioned in the video by Boko Haram Fighters has been identified as Dawoud Muhammad and Muhammed Awlu. The two prisoners who were prisoners in the video come from Northern Nigeria, a city called Baja who fell victim to a series of Boko Haram attacks killing nearly 2,000 and a reported 14,000 people fled the city as a result of the mass killings.

Police officers had promised Mr. Muhammed and Mr. Awlu they would never have to be farmers again if they returned with the information about Boko Haram. 

Latest reports indicate Boko Haram are not copycats of the Islamic Group, ISIS but are linked to incorporating themselves with ISIS and joining the Jihad against Christians and non-believers seeking to gain control over Africa. 

“This latest release shows Boko Haram is not a mere copycat of ISIS; rather, it is incorporating itself into the Islamic State,” said Veryan Khan, editorial director of TRAC. “Islamic state supporters are already starting to call Boko Haram the ‘Islamic State Africa.”

More evidence links the Boko Haram group to ISIS by the ISIS logo on the flag, ISIS music and songs. Also, Boko Hamam's leader Abubakar Shekau is seen praising the ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi in their videos.

Jasmine Opperman, TRAC’s director of African operations has noted similarities in the posts by ISIS and Boko Haram. After Boko Haram opened their Twitter account, they received 3,000 followers who have also shown their support for ISIS. 

Similarities in the two groups can be seen, because ISIS is attempting to expand their Caliphate. It is part of their expansion plan to extend ISIS and gain physical control of other areas globally. 

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