Unfortunately, rascism may not allow ISIS team up with Boko Haram – US Intelligence

February 18, 2015 5:05 pm

Found this report on NBC News. report suggests that racism will keep operating in Northern from teaming up with . Amen! Read report below…

Long before ISIS militants beheaded Christians on a Libyan beach last
week, Nigeria’s Boko Haram was carrying out similar atrocities 1,500
miles to the south. Now that ISIS is operating in northern Africa, will
the -based organization join forces with the continent’s largest
Islamist terror group?

Maybe not, say U.S. intelligence officials, and they suggest one
obstacle is racism.

The
Arab world is incredibly racist,” explained a U.S. intelligence
official. “They don’t see black Africans as equivalent to them.”

ISIS may show “affinity” with Boko Haram,
said the official, “but they stop short of allegiance.” Moreover, said
the official, while Boko Haram has in the past year released videos to
show “affiliation” with groups like ISIS, there’s no evidence of either
group sending members to fight with the other. And while Boko Haram has
praised ISIS, and shown the ISIS flag in videos, ISIS has not
reciprocated.
“There are still questions of the ISIS view of Boko Haram and Nigeria,”
said the official. “But Boko Haram does not operate in sync with ISIS.
The caliphates are separate.” There was concern last October when Boko
Haram declared its caliphate that the two might team up, but there’s no
indication that’s happening, said the official.
The
groups differ in many ways. Both use social media, but the ISIS
campaign is much more sophisticated – using more than 20 languages —
and attempts to communicate the Islamic rationale for its operations.
Boko Haram posts increasingly slick videos on the web, like one released
Tuesday
that threatens the leaders of Cameroon, Benin and Chad, but its prime
recruiting tool is older and simpler than social media. “Boko Haram,”
said one official, “uses fear.”
The
governance of their respective caliphates also differs. ISIS attempts
to replace the bureaucracies it found in conquered territories with its
own, while Boko Haram has been satisfied simply taking over villages and
cities and establishing Sharia courts that mete out rough justice.
ISIS
has more “hardcore” soldiers than Boko Haram — about 26,000 to 31,000
compared to 4,000 to 6,000. ISIS is also more attractive to foreign
fighters, with an estimated 2,700 Westerners having fought for the
group. Intelligence officials say that other than a few fighters who’ve
crossed the border into Nigeria from Cameroon, Chad and Niger, the
numbers of foreign fighters in Boko Haram are negligible. There’s no
evidence, they say, of any North Americans or Europeans fighting in
Nigeria.
But
even if there is no link beyond shared values between the groups, ISIS
may be a role model for Boko Haram, said Michael Sheehan, chairman of
the Countering Center at West Point. He said he’s “not sure”
Boko Haram would’ve “gone the caliphate route” if ISIS hadn’t done so
first.
“Each of them has been successful, reinforcing their own optimism, and that’s not insignificant,” said Sheehan.
And
there is little difference in the level of violence perpetrated by the
groups. An intelligence official told NBC that many of the attacks
and atrocities carried out by the Nigerian group have not been publicly
reported publicly.
The
two groups also share a crucial asset: a charismatic leader.
Intelligence officials say that just as Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s persona
is central to ISIS, Abubakar Shekau’s “fiery persona” has made him a
strong commander-in-chief of Boko Haram — one who would be difficult to
replace.
“Everything
starts with Shekau,” said an intelligence official. “There doesn’t
appear to be a charismatic leader below him.” Officials note that in
videos made since the announcement of the caliphate, like Tuesday’s, Shekau has presented himself less as a militant and more as a leader.
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