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US Finally Designates Boko Haram as Official Terrorist Group

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

The United States has finally designated two murderous organizations based in Nigeria as official terrorist organizations.

The consequences for the two groups, Boko Haram and its offshoot Ansaru, being placed on the U.S. Foreign Terrorist Organizations and becoming Specially Designated Global Terrorists by the Secretary of State, is that assets of those organizations are frozen.  In addition, it is a violation of U.S. law to provide material support to either organization.  It also makes it easier to pursue and prosecute entities which work with either Boko Haram or Ansaru.

The two newly designated terror organizations are aligned with al Qaeda in the Maghreb (AQIM), according to senior State Department officials.

Boko Haram is responsible for thousands of deaths since its creation in 2009, including large-scale attacks against Muslim and Christian religious communities, and women and children. It has attacked Nigerian military government and civilian targets, especially schools.

Boko Haram in the local Hausa language means “Western education is forbidden.” The group seeks to turn Nigeria into an Islamic state, though half the country’s 160 million citizens are Christian.

Ansaru splintered from Boko Haram in January of 2012.  Ansaru has committed multiple attacks of violence against civilians and Nigerian government officials and is responsible for the deaths of countless civilians and Nigerian security personnel. The name of the group stands for “vanguard for the protection of Muslims in black lands.” Ansaru is focused not only on Nigeria, but all of Africa.

Although neither Ansaru and Boko Haram are perceived to be threats to Americans outside of those in Nigeria and neighboring African states, the U.S. government took the step of listing the two as FTOs in order to “ help Nigeria succeed in adopting a comprehensive approach to address its domestic terrorist threat.”

Nigeria is both an ally of the United States and is a “crucial global supplier” of oil.

‘Islamic Militants’ Gun Down 56 in Nigerian Mosque

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

Islamic militants wearing army fatigues murdered 44 people who were praying at a mosque in northeast Nigeria. Another 12 civilians were killed in a simultaneous attack, security agents said Monday.

Sunday’s attacks were the latest in a wave of violence by religious extremists in West Africa, where the Boko Haram group, wishing to oust the government and impose Islamic law, has been posing the greatest security threat in years.

Security agents are still trying to figure out the Islamic Boko Haram would kill worshipping Muslims. The group has been known to attack mosques whose clerics have spoken out against religious extremism. Boko Haram also has attacked Christians outside churches and teachers and schoolchildren, as well as government and military targets.

According to the AP, since 2010, the Boko Haram have been blamed for the murders of more than 1,700 people.

The mosque murders took place Sunday morning in Konduga, 22 miles outside Maiduguri, the capital of Nigeria’s Borno state.

U.S. Distorts Nigerian Jihad on Christians

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

While the Obama administration continues to say that the Islamic group Boko Haram’s jihad against Nigeria’s Christians—which has seen countless churches destroyed, and thousand Christians killed— has nothing to do with religion, the group once again made clear that it is all about religion. According to a recent report:

In an online video released last week, the militant Muslim group Boko Haram demanded that Nigeria’s Christian president either convert to Islam, or resign. [Boko] Haram head Abubakar Shekau told President Goodluck Jonathan to “repent and forsake Christianity,” otherwise Shekau’s followers would continue their violent campaign…

Indeed, despite the fact that the Obama administration has agreed to spend $600 million in an USAID initiative launched to ascertain the “true causes” behind Boko Haram’s murderous bloodlust, the fact is it was clear from the very beginning that the group and other Muslims were enraged that Nigeria was being led by a Christian, President Goodluck Jonathan, even though he won elections “by a landslide.”

Writing back in April 2011, Nigerian analyst Peter Run said:

The current wave of riots was triggered by the Independent National Election Commission’s (INEC) announcement on Monday [April 18, 2011] that the incumbent President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, won in the initial round of ballot counts. That there were riots in the largely Muslim inhabited northern states where the defeat of the Muslim candidate Muhammadu Buhari was [deemed] intolerable was unsurprising…. Now they are angry despite experts and observers concurring that this is the fairest and most independent election in recent Nigerian history.

Once again, then, reality is easily ascertained—at root, Boko Haram’s terror campaign is entirely motivated by religion—even as the Obama administration refuses to designate the group as a terrorist organization, spends millions of U.S. tax dollars on superfluous initiatives (or diversions), and pressures the Nigerian president to make concessions, including building more mosques, the very structures where Muslims are radicalized and recruited to Boko Haram’s jihad.

Originally published by the Gatestone Institute http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/analysis/u-s-distorts-nigerian-jihad-on-christians/2012/08/21/

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