Daesh, or ISIS – also known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria – has now spread its tentacles into Nigeria, where the Boko Haram terror organization formally pledged its allegiance to the group this weekend.
More than 50 people are dead and some 140 others wounded in northeast Nigeria following a suicide bombing allegedly carried out by Boko Haram. The Nigerian terror group has been attempting to create its own Islamic state in northern Nigeria since 2009.
Forces from Niger, Cameroon and Chad launched a ground and air offensive early Sunday against the terrorist force in northeastern Nigeria, the BBC reported. More than 8,000 troops have been gathered to create a regional force endorsed by the African Union, to target the terrorists in Borno State.
Radical Islamists from another North African terror group, al-Murabitun, shot and killed five people at a bar popular with expatriates in Mali on Saturday.
One French national, a Belgian citizen and three Malians were killed, along with eight others who were wounded. Al-Murabitun claimed responsibility for the attack in an audio message, according to the Maritanian news agency Al Akhbar
The Nigerian Boko Haram terrorist organization has posted a video in which it pledges loyalty to the Islamic State (ISIS), which may or may not return the favor.
Boko Haram recently has copied some of the ISIS’s methods, including beheading, but the group simply may be trying to ramp up pressure on the Nigerian government.
The ISIS has become a threat beyond Iraq and Syria. Egypt last month bombed ISIS bases in Libya after the Islamic terrorists murdered nearly a dozen Egyptian Christian Copts.
Boko Haram’s 6000-man force would be an asset for ISIS if it chooses to accept Boko Haram as an ally, but a history of Islamic terrorist crazies is littered with broken agreements because no one wants to yield power.
Reports have surfaced that ISIS attracting young people from Nigeria, which would be a part of the caliphate state imagined by ISIS.
Boko Haram controls territory in northeast Nigeria, which borders Libya.
Jacob Zenn, a Jamestown Foundation expert on Boko Haram, told CNN:
Boko Haram joining the ISIS fold makes sense to both groups. Boko Haram will get legitimacy, which will help its recruiting, funding and logistics as it expands into (French-speaking) West Africa. 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.
He added that ISIS and Boko Harem last month apparently established a Twitter account that carried the video on Saturday proclaiming the Nigerian’s group loyalty to ISIS.
On Tuesday, Feb. 23, Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Ron Prosor addressed the U.N. Security Council, which was meeting to congratulate itself and “reaffirm” its international commitment to the principles outlined in the UN Charter.
Prosor could not permit the occasion to pass without drawing attention to the ways in which the institution falls far short of the grand ideals which, 70 years ago, drove representatives of 50 nations to draw up the Charter upon which the U.N. was created.
The U.N. Charter enshrined several fundamental principles:
first, to maintain international peace and security and take effective measures for the prevention and removal of threats to peace; second, to advance relations among nations based on respect for the principle of equal rights; third, to promote and encourage respect for human rights; and fourth, to be a center for harmonizing the actions of nations. Prosor deftly excised the verbiage to reveal the myriad ways in which the U.N. undermines those lofty ideals, replacing them, instead, with cowardice and appeasement towards those who most betray the U.N. principles, and discrimination and vilification of at least one nation committed to upholding those principles: Israel.
The Israeli ambassador explained that the greatest threat to global security comes from the terrorist radical Islamist groups such as Hamas, Hezbollah, Al-Qaeda, ISIS and Boko Haram. He described their battle against the civilized world as one “between civility and barbarism, between pluralistic and totalitarian society, between tyranny and freedom.”
Those extremists are destabilizing communities, nations and entire regions of the world, yet the U.N. has “been reluctant to take decisive action,” Prosor said, and on occasion, the U.N. has “surrendered to those nations that harbor, fund and support terrorist groups.”
Hezbollah, in particular, was held out by Prosor as an example of the U.N.’s inclination to coddle, not curb, terrorism, pointing out that the Iranian-sponsored terrorist group has held Lebanon hostage for nearly three decades, while it continues its “reign of terror.”
The U.N. has also failed in its stated dedication to the principle of equal rights, with member nations that impose the death penalty for loving the “wrong” people or believing in the “wrong” faiths. Prosor pointed to the recent beheadings by ISIS of 21 Coptic Christians as merely the latest in a decades-long process of badgering and discriminating against Middle Eastern Christians, until their number has dwindled to small minorities.
Prosor also pointed an accusatory finger at various member nations who sit on the U.N.’s Human Rights Council, such as Venezuela, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Algeria. The lack of a free judiciary and a free press in those countries makes their membership a mockery of the Council.
Last year Iran was elected to serve as Vice Chair of the U.N.’s legal committee. Prosor pointed out the absurdity of making such a choice when Iranian citizens are denied due process and fair trials, and they are not even permitted to participate in Iranian national affairs.
Prosor told the Council:
The fact of the matter is that this institution has been hijacked. The ruthless autocracies that jail journalists rush to lecture us on the virtues of a free press. The repressive dictatorships that persecute political opponents filibuster on the sanctity of free and fair elections. And the mass-murdering tyrannical regimes preach to us about human rights.
Finally the Israeli ambassador addressed the treatment of the tiny country he represents at the hands of the U.N. Prosor patiently recounted just some of the ways in which Israel has been treated as a pariah nation by the U.N.
For example, last year alone the General Assembly adopted 20 resolutions singling out Israel for condemnation. All other nations were reprimanded by punitive resolutions a total of three times. In 2014, the Syrian civil war raged with chemical weapons and barrel bombs directed at its own citizens, Boko Haram slaughtered thousands, Russia invaded Crimea, North Korea continued its totalitarian regime oppressing its citizens, and Saudi Arabia executed dozens of its citizens, yet Israel was singled out for criticism time and again.
Since 2006, more than half of all resolutions adopted by the U.N. Human Rights Council in criticism of a particular country have been directed at Israel. This isn’t logical, it isn’t moral – it is simply prejudice.
media credit: Israel Mission to the UN, New York
Prosor then took the occasion to link the proceedings in the U.N. with last night’s Academy Awards. He suggested what would happen if the U.N. decided to give out Oscars for “Maintenance of International Peace and Security.”
Media Credit: Israel Mission to the UN, New York
The U.N. would give the Best Actor award “for acting like a peace loving country while developing nuclear capabilities, denying the Holocaust, and threatening the destruction of another member state to…..Iran.”
Prosor suggested the U.N. would give the Best Supporting Actor award to Hezbollah for its “unrelenting support to the Assad Regime in killing hundreds of thousands of civilians.”
The Israeli ambassador had several other predictions for winners in the U.N.’s version of the Academy awards. To watch him deliver them, watch the video of his speech, below.
A girl estimated to be around 10 years old blew herself up, killed four people and wounded 46 others in a suicide attack in Nigeria, the Associated Press reported.
The Nigerian Boko Haram terrorist group is suspected of being behind the attack. Authorities so far have not been able to identify the girl, who was blown up to pieces, but her suicide might be only a preview of more atrocities from the Islamic State (ISIS), Boko Harem and other radical Islamic terrorists who kidnap girls.
Their victims usually are older than the young girl in Sunday’s attack.
Boko Haram is the same group of barbarians who kidnapped 276 schoolgirls, most of them Christians, last April. All but a few remain missing, and Boko Haram has claimed they converted to Islam and were given as wives to terrorists.
The terrorist army has been fighting five years to make Nigeria, whose population is divided between Muslims and Christians, into an Islamic state.
Boko Haram may have just bested ISIS in the global competition for most depraved terrorist organization.
This Islamist terrorist group is responsible for at least 10,000 violent deaths last year alone, according to the Council on Foreign Relations. Boko Haram first developed in 2002, in northeastern Nigeria.
Now the Nigerian-based barbarians have devised a new tactic for achieving its mass murders: kidnapping young girls and using them as human bombs.
In an NBC News Report, experts explained that three suicide bombings which took place last weekend were carried out be girls appearing to be around 10 years old. Those girls were likely abducted by Boko Haram members and may not have even known they were carrying bombs, which were detonated with a remote controlled by others.
In addition to the macabre use of young girls as expendable weapons, the Nigerian terrorist organization torched at least 10 towns, killing or leaving homeless around 2,000.
It is certainly possible, according to the experts, that the kidnapped girls being used as explosives include some of the 276 girls from Chibok of the #BringBackOurGirls campaign.
The sect calls itself Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati Wal-Jihad, or “people committed to the propagation of the Prophet’s teachings and jihad.” But it is referred to as Boko Haram, which translates to “Western education is sinful.” The group, like ISIS, seeks to create its own state based on sharia, strict Islamic law.
Terrorist groups frequently operate as criminal organizations, engaging in activities such as drug trafficking, robberies and extortion, in order to finance their terrorist operations.
Perhaps not surprisingly, the most notorious, barbaric terrorist group at the moment, ISIS, is now officially the richest terrorist group of all time, according to Forbes Israel. Hamas, another Islamist terrorist organization, is in second place.
In addition to their criminal activities, the terrorist groups also raise substantial funds through “charities,” donations, and, incredibly, in some cases by government agencies.
As surreal as it is to be discussing ISIS in terms of a typical business model, the Forbes report also discussed how ISIS acquires and pays for various tasks similar to most other large organizations, including maintenance, salaries, training, acquisition of weapons and vehicles.
Not content with listing the richest men or women in the world, Forbes also provided a ranking of the ten richest terrorist organizations, including their net worth and rankings.
ISIS has an annual income of $2 billion. The terrorists in second place is Hamas, which takes in $1 billion annually. In third place is a non-Middle Eastern terrorist organization, one that has been around for a long time: the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – the People’s Army (FARC), which rakes in $600 million annually.
In fourth through sixth place are more Middle Eastern Islamic terrorist groups: Hezbollah ($500 million), the Taliban ($400 million), and Al-Qaeda and affiliates ($150 million).
In 7th place is another Islamic group, the Pakistan-based Lashkar e-taiba ($100 million). This group was behind the deadly Mombai bombings in late fall of 2008.
In eighth and tenth places are two more Islamist groups, both based in Africa. In eighth place is Al-Shabab ($70 million), and tenth place is Boko Haram ($25 million).
In ninth place is what is known as “Real IRA,” with an annual take of $50 million. This group also calls itself the “Volunteers of Ireland,” and is perhaps the oldest and best known of all the groups, at least tracing back to its original version, the Irish Volunteers, established in the early 20th century, later evolving into the Irish Republican Army. Former members formed the RIRA due to dissatisfaction over the IRA’s ceasefire agreement.
According to the Forbes report, Hamas entered “the big league” as the result of its takeover of Gaza in 2007.
The rise of Islamic extremism is not new. It is not a surprise. The mission of jihadists has been clearly broadcast for years:
The Hamas Charter was drafted in 1988. It mentions the word “jihad” 36 times in the charter. Its enemy is spelled out clearly: Jews.
“In order to face the usurpation of Palestine by the Jews, we have no escape from raising the banner of Jihad.”
“Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it”
Jew/s/ish is mentioned 12 times in its charter. “Zion/ism/ist” is mentioned 20 times.
Hamas was democratically elected by the Palestinian people in 2006 to carry out a war against the Jews and to destroy Israel. The attacks against Israel in the summer of 2014 were a consistent part of its mission.
Al Qaeda did not suddenly appear on 9/11/2001. In 1998, it stated its goal of killing all Americans:
“we issue the following fatwa to all Muslims: The ruling to kill the Americans and their allies — civilians and military – is an individual duty for every Muslim who can do it in any country in which it is possible to do it”
Al Qaeda has not backed down on its pledge while the US has enlisted the world support to defeat the group.
The kidnapping of over 200 Christian girls in Nigeria in April 2014 shocked the world. Boko Haram made no secret of its targeted enemy a few years earlier: Christians.
“The Nigerian state and Christians are our enemies and we will be launching attacks on the Nigerian state and its security apparatus as well as churches until we achieve our goal of establishing an Islamic state in place of the secular state.”
The world has tweeted its support to bring back the girls and has provided support to find the attackers.
Many extremist groups continue to operate around the MENA region: Al-Shabaab, ISIS and Khorasan are only a few. Their aims are clear. Their path is jihad. Only the name of the infidel changes based on where the jihadists operate.
What is the world reaction to each of these extremist groups? Is the global community clear in its response?
A few years ago, the United Nations established an anti-terrorism unit. Its directive has noble goals for combating terrorism such as stopping the flow of funds and people to these groups. However, the committee has not been clear about who the terrorists are, as it only mentions Al-Qaeda and the Taliban as terrorist groups. These other jihadists could thereby escape sanctions.
Jihad is Jihad. Terrorism is Terrorism. The world must unite to stop it. The goal must be clear and unequivocal.