Imam Abubakar Mohammed Shekau, Boko Haram leader

Imam Abubakar Mohammed Shekau, Boko Haram leader

by M.J. Smith

The leader of Nigeria’s Boko Haram has
expressed solidarity with global jihadists,saying the US and Britain “should witness that we are with our mujahideen brothers,” in a video posted Thursday, SITE said.

According to SITE Intelligence Group, a
US-based organisation, Abubakar Shekau gave the speech in Arabic in a 39-minute video posted to jihadist forums. It was not clear when it was recorded. “The world should witness, and America,
Britain, Nigeria and other crusaders,
meaning America and Britain, should
witness, and the Jews of Israel who are
killing the Muslims in Palestine should
witness… that we are with our mujahideen brothers in the cause of Allah everywhere,” a translation by SITE said.

Boko Haram has been widely seen as a
domestically focused extremist group,
targeting symbols of Nigerian authority
as well as churches,among other targets in its insurgency that has killed hundreds in Africa’s most populous nation. Its contacts with global jihadist forums have also seemed to have been limited,with videos of Shekau often posted on YouTube.

The video posted Thursday however
makes particular reference to global
events, according to SITE. Shekau salutes fighters in the Maghreb region of northern Africa, “the Islamic state in Mali,” Somalia, Libya, Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen and “our brothers and sheikhs in usurped Palestine.”

“O Britain, America, Israel and Nigeria:
Don’t think that jihad stops with the
death of imams,” Shekau says, according
to SITE. “Because imams are individuals.
Jihad started now, jihad started now, O
enemies of Allah.”

He adds “don’t you see and think how
many sheikhs and men were martyred,
like Sheikh Abdullah Azzam, Abu Musab
al-Zarqawi, Abu Omar al-Baghdadi,Usama bin Laden, Abu Yahya al-Libi, Abu
Yusuf Muhammad bin Yusuf al-Nigiri, and others … “Did jihad stop?! Did jihad stop?! No….”

According to SITE, the video also shows
supposed training of Boko Haram fighters as well as guns and equipment. Violence linked to Boko Haram’s
insurgency has left some 3,000 people
dead in northern and central Nigeria
since 2009, including killings by the
security forces. It claimed responsibility for the bombing of UN headquarters in the Nigerian capital Abuja in August 2011 which left at least 25 people dead. The group has claimed to be fighting for
the creation of an Islamic state in
Nigeria, whose 160 million population is
roughly divided between a mainly Muslim north and predominately Christian south.

However, its demands have repeatedly
shifted and it is believed to include
different factions with varying aims, in
addition to criminal gangs and imitators
who carry out violence under the guise of the group.

Shekau is believed to lead Boko Haram’s
main Islamist wing. He and two other Nigerian extremists have been labeled “global terrorists” by the US government. Washington has however so far declined to label Boko Haram a terrorist group due to its domestic focus and nebulous nature, among other factors.

Last week, Nigeria’s military offered
hundreds of thousands of dollars in
rewards for information leading to the
capture of leaders of Boko Haram in a
statement that listed 19 alleged senior
members of the group. The rewards ranged from 50 million naira ($317,000, 245,000 euros) for Shekau, to 10 million naira for various Boko Haram “commanders”.


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  1. beegeagle says:

    For all the mushy liberals and humanitarians – for whom all acts of idiocy and terrorism are steeped in poverty, the ish is about to hit the fan.

    For as long as this conflict has lasted, we have insisted that at the core of Boko Haram is a politico-religious convergence of malcontents and hegemons.




    ” Personally, I have spoken severally about the badly concealed nexus which exists between the permissive liberal wing of the American and British intelligentsia, media and a section of the diplomatic community, the upcountry media in Nigeria, academics and activists.

    Those guys have their heads buried in the sand and that is why they continue to play the ostrich and to tell bare-faced lies.

    – The Governments of Niger, Mali, Algeria, Cameroon and Chad have all either confirmed AQIM/BH training and logistics partnerships OR clearly pointed out the presence on their home turfs.

    – The US AFRICOM Commander who has an intelligence machinery at his beck and call has stated that AQIM and BH work together.

    – The leader of AQIM told Al Jazeera in June 2011, after the attack on the Police HQ and following BH disclosure of their partnership with AQIM and Al Shabaab, that his group are providing support for BH.

    – BH have confirmed that they work with Al Shabaab and AQIM.

    – Last April, 5 members of AQIM, including their Mauritanian-born cell chief were arrested in Kano.

    – Last September, TIME magazine confirmed that BH are training in the mountains of NE Mali.

    – During Q1 2012, BH members were arrested in Cameroon and Niger, in the latter case with bomb-making materiel.

    – BH have stated that their goal is the enthronement of a puritanical Islamic state in Nigeria through armed proselytization and have told non-muslims and southerners to leave the North.

    – BH are quiet on Fridays and bombing on Sundays.

    In spite of the overwhelming evidence and multiple levels of confirmation, these charlattans continue to say that

    * BH are driven by economic grievances rather than by religious zealotry, congenital wickedness and bare-faced intolerance.

    * BH is a local problem whereas citizens and/or the territories of Cameroon, Niger, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Algeria and Somalia have either been involved in attacks, provided training and/or sanctuaries for these terrorists.

    We know who the enemies of the conflict-affected Nigerians are. The Lubecks, Campbells, Herskovits et al of this world do not wish us well.

    PROBLEM” (obviously, they are the








  2. peccavi says:

    Boko Haram well done, una try. Abi una wan feel among shebi?
    In my opinion what we are seeing is shaping ops for two things, the upcoming operation in Mali and the Boko Haram Christmas offensive.
    The latter I’m not too sure about as there are no real indicators I can se from open sources but it is logical based on previous patterns and the natural progression of the terror campaign. I believe there will be attacks on churches, high profile military/ government targets and an international organisation/ target. This will maintain BH’s profile amongst the coalition in Mali as well as continue its campaign for God knows what in Naija and demonstrate its capability, it will also seek to focus Nigeria’s mind on its strategic vulnerability vis a vis Islamic fundamentalist terrorism.

    AS per Mali we are seeing key shaping ops by both sides. The US/ France through special force and ISTAR action, the Algerians have beefed up their border security and are intercepting huge convoys of rockets and arms. As I said e few weeks ago AFRICOM commander Gen Ham said the Algerians are now onside and a few weeks back they moved more units to the border. We can kind of guess at the deal now struck the US/ France most likely have boys on the border regions in addition to drones/ satellite and recce aircraft as well as their operations in Libya (Benghazi was less about videos or any of that nonsense, it was-again from open sources-the HQ of the missile tracking effort) and are tasking the Algerians on to intercepting them.
    We will soon I guess start hearing of convoys spontaneously exploding more towards the Niger/ Chad side of the game.

    The latest video from AQIM states that they invaded Norhtern Mali to prevent NMNLA and France fron dividing the country. So apparently these Algeruian Arabs are now freedom fighters for Malian unity! Propaganda is wonderful!!
    In reality they are shaping the media battlespace. Once the counter offensive starts I predict they will put up a token resistance an then begin a guerrilla campaign. In order to do this they need some element of popular support or at least a talking point. Hence this liberation fighter nonsense.

    In the video you could see convoys of vehicles nicely lined up as if they are fighting a power with no air capability, there were also videos of guys firing a mortar (60mm I think).
    Of the 2 images the second is accurate, you will get one or two guys setting up and firing on Malian and ECOWAS forces from near a village, causing a counter bombardment or air strike which will kill villagers etc, thus giving nice TV pictures of ECOAS/ Malian excesses and turning the people against them.
    This will either make friendly forces shy of using firepower or overly aggressive towards the locals who like all unfortunate people in conflicts will get it from both sides.

    Overall one must look carefully at what is the enemies main effort.
    It is not ideology, it is mostly money and power. Gao, Kindal, Timbuktu etc are smuggling centres. Kidnapping brings in at least $3m per effort. Control of smuggling routes brings in more money. War is bad for business, this is why you see so many Taureg groups switching sides.
    The dynamic will be interesting to see whether the insurgents have prepared alternative routes or else are simply going to take the hit and fight until they have created de facto control over the areas again.
    In order to win a guerrilla war they need 2 things attrition, i.e. destroying sufficient men and materiel of friendly forces to cause them to be militarily effective and to achieve a psychological victory over friendly forces, this is either by creating ‘no go’ areas that friendly troops are scared to operate in or more to the point by directly attacking the home population and creating a cost for the home nations government and population that is greatly outweighed by any battlefield gains.
    This is where BH comes in. We ae already used to our Sunday Sunday medicine of church bombings. Northern cities are already shutdown. So they need to up the ante.
    3 game changers will be a bomb attack in the South, it is operationally very easy so there is a deliberate reason this has not happened, this can only be a realisation by the sponsors and leaders of BH that such an option would completely destroy the golden egg they are seeking to control, so if it happens it will indicate several things, BH is no longer under the control of the politicians or else they have reached a point of no return where they believe such an attack is there last chance to force concessions from the state.

    Other game changers will involve firing rockets or mortars into population centres, its a tactic that shows an capability and intent change as civilians will be indiscriminately targeted and shows up the government.
    How many shipments got through before the Algerians sealed off the borders and how far south?

    The next game changer will be an attack against aircraft with MANPADS, I think Nigeria will be the target as we have many more airports which are harder to secure.

    Commercial aircraft fly too high to be hit except at landing or take off thus the area you can launch attacks is confined to the aircraft flight paths and around the airport. Due to Nigeria’s huge number of airports and significance it is the best and highest profile targets although operationally Niger and Chad etc might be easier. Bear in mind the attack does not need to succeed to be effective, if a plane is hot and lands or even if there is a visible near miss it will completely ground aircraft and cause the FGN to denude combat power defending not just the airports but the flight paths.
    It will increase economic chaos.
    I think this will most likely again happen in the North as the consequences of such an attack in Lagos or PH or Owerri would be devastating to the North

    • jimmy says:

      Permit OGA PECAVVI and i mostly agree because inthese matters you are a lot well versed than iam to play devil’s advocate .
      A lot of this malian campaign will depend onthe ALGERIANS ( neutrality is their by word)
      how sincere are they about moving with force to beat to keep their border secure.
      What is init for the algerians not to play to sides of the coin i.e switch sides ( monday/wed/ friday) border stays closed to keep the terrorists out ( sat/sun) allow the freedom fighters in after commiting attacks against the feckless malian soldiers.
      THESE TWO COUNTIRES ( MALI AND ALGERIA) ARE THE ONES Ihave the most MISGIVINGS ABOUT. Nigeria has to enter into an unholy alliance with the renegade Malian army but what will Nigeria get out of it ?can we using special forces 1000k.m, from home to get to the b.h. hideouts in mali?
      The role of ALGERIA grows murkier by the day no senior ALGERIAN MILITARY figure has come out to support this mission.

  3. wocon45 says:

    @ Oga Beeg avec Peccavi, i couldn’t agree more.

  4. peccavi says:

    Oga Jimmy you have hit the crux of the matter.
    AQIM came out of GSPC which came out of Algerian Islamists GIA. Those worthless bastards murdered so many Algerians in their jihad, however by the end the Algerian security services shut them down so effectively and penetrated them so thoroughly that they actually started killing each other. The survivors that became GSPC and AQIM are still heavily penetrated by Algerian security. I don’t think they have operational control but enough knowledge and influence to keep their side safe, bear in mind 7 Algerian diplomats are held by AQIM so there is a dynamic there.
    I think the deal that Algeria made with AIM was to the effect that they will allow them to dominate the drug, cigarette and human smuggling and smuggling routes as long as they stay out of Algeria and keep others away. Algeria’s fear of war thus is that it will destroy this balance and destroy those commanders who are in alliance with them thus giving uncontrolled radicals a chance to rise and cause trouble again. However bear in mind the Us has alot if assets in the area, if your in the area at night you will notice lot of satellites etc are now there, unmarked aircraft are flying around the desert plus drones. Open source indicators show US SF are in striking range which means they are most likely on ground, same with the French. What it means is that if the Algerians don’t deploy as promised they will be easily identifiable and will piss off the US. As I said I’m sure there is some gift on the way to Algeria for this.
    What we want to watch is what happens when the fighting starts, will Algeria let the AQIM boys slip through their territory and if they do will they let them come with heavy weapons.

    The actual combat is the easy part, where it will get messy is Phase 4, the post conflict stage

  5. beegeagle says:

    D-E-S In reply to Peccavi.

    [Quote @Peccavi]…I think the deal that
    Algeria made with AIM was to the
    effect that they will allow them to
    dominate the drug, cigarette and
    human smuggling and smuggling
    routes as long as they stay out of Algeria and keep others away…[End quote]

    Then by definition Algeria becomes
    complicit to a crime by proxy which is
    an infringement of established
    international and diplomatic law, even more concerning perpetuated against a
    fellow member(s) of the AU….

    So based on this assumption, Algeria
    has no real tangible deal to offer
    AQIM…but not unless we consider the
    possible ‘illogical’ options that can be offered, but not guaranteed by Algeria.
    Such is the nature of political

    • peccavi says:

      Working within the basis of this theory it indicates Algeria is protecting its interests and territory.
      Unless AQIM was working to direct orders or even influence of Algeria it would be hard to allege complicity.
      However it is going to get very very messy

  6. beegeagle says:

    D-E-S | In reply to Peccavi.

    Yes, we can see the Algerian handle
    (Interest) based on your assumption of
    a deal been offered to AQIM

    [Quote @Peccavi]…I think the deal that
    Algeria made with AIM was to the effect that they will allow them to dominate the drug, cigarette and human smuggling and smuggling routes as long as they stay out of Algeria and keep others away…[End quote]

    Algeria’s assumed complicity based on your statement would therefore be based on Algeria “allowing them…. as
    long as they stay out of Algeria and
    keep others away”….sounds to me like
    a creation of buffer zone by proxy
    inside another sovereign and AU member state….But then we are getting closer to the desired ‘illogical’ in my opinion….

    [Quote @Peccavi]…Algeria’s fear of war
    thus is that it will destroy this balance
    and destroy those commanders who are in alliance with them thus giving
    uncontrolled radicals a chance to rise
    and cause trouble again…[End quote]

    Considering we are already speculating
    on Algeria’s concerns in regards to AU/
    ECOWAS deployment as your statement above attests to….question is how
    would Algeria mitigate this probable

    [Quote @Peccavi]…What it means is
    that if the Algerians don’t deploy as
    promised they will be easily identifiable and will piss off the US. As I said I’m sure there is some gift on the way to Algeria for this…[End quote]

    According to your statement above they’ve tied themselves to a firm
    agreement….. As I assumed in my own summations about French and US interests (Your comment is awaiting moderation: day 5)…I’ll add on a 4th discussion points, based on your above statement…

    5. What kind of a “gift” promised could possibly make the Algerians take such
    a significant risk and turnaround from
    a deeply held political-diplomatic-
    military view-point?

    • peccavi says:

      Algeria will mitigate by playing both sides against the other, it is a very complex game they are playing, kind of like the ISI in Pakistam and Afghanisatn. It gets to the point you are not sure who is playing who.
      I believe the pay off will be in terms of aid, diplomatic support etc. We would need to thoroughly review French, North African and Arab publications to pick the hint, not speaking French has kind of hindered my catch up on this topic, although Google translate helps

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