After first being rejected because of historic Muslim hatred for blacks, ISIS says it will now welcome Nigerian terror group Boko Haram into its terror network.
The audio message entitled ‘kill and be killed’ and released through the militants’ vast social media channels was allegedly read by an ISIS spokesperson. As well as welcoming Boko Haram’s loyalty, the speech also threatens further violence against Christian and Jewish communities according to News Week.
CNN The 28-minute message, which cannot be independently authenticated by CNN, was posted online by ISIS supporters. The message says that the caliphate, or Islamic State, has expanded to western Africa and congratulated “our jihadi brothers” there.
The spokesman, Abu Mohammed al Adnani, encourages people to join fighters in Africa if they cannot make it to Iraq or Syria.
Boko Haram’s leader, Abubakar Shekau, announced in an audio message last week that the Islamist terror group was going to ally with ISIS. Jacob Zenn, a terror expert who lives in Nigeria, told CNN on Saturday the alliance would make sense for both groups.
Shekau, personally took the “credit” for kidnapping 400 Christian schoolgirls (below), at least 200 of which have never been found and are believed to have been sold into sex slavery in the Muslim world.
It’s no surprise that a passionate hatred of Western values that united the two leaders from the Middle East and West Africa, but Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau and Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi also have a thirst for fame and an abundance of death rumours in common.
“Boko Haram will get legitimacy, which will help its recruiting, funding and logistics as it expands,” Zenn said. “It will also get guidance from ISIS in media warfare and propaganda. Previously Boko Haram was a sort of outcast in the global Jihadi community. Now it is perhaps ISIS’s biggest affiliate.
“ISIS gets more international legitimacy as a global caliphate.”