Boko Haram’s Split (?)

Boko Haram, the deadliest terrorist group of 2015, pledged allegiance to ISIS last year, though functional (rather than ideological) ties between the groups remained uncertain for months. Now there are further developments, as recent conflicting announcements between ISIS in the Middle East and various leaders in Boko Haram signal that there may be a leadership split in Boko Haram, which could potentially lead to an escalation in violence as the two groups begin to compete. It also raises three other questions about the future of Boko Haram and ISIS’ relationships in West Africa, raised in this article here.

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