Boko Haram in Nigeria and Islamic State (ISIS) in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon, are two terrorist groups that are known for killing dozens of innocent people at a time to show their power or influence the government.
To understand why Boko Haram and ISIS could be linked, consider the language of their own statements.
- Similar genocidal intentions
ISIS has made its murderous intentions painfully clear. It has proven in town after town that it will force people to convert to Islam or it will kill them in numbers that are now being called genocidal.
The group has also made clear that it views its mission as a worldwide war. " target="_blank" rel="nofollow">"I say to America that the Islamic caliphate has been established," a spokesman for the group said Thursday. He warned that the group will attack America and "will raise the flag of Allah in the White House."
Many people seem to be confused or deluded into believing that Boko Haram does not have similarly genocidal intentions.
Boko Haram recently told Osun Defender that "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."
- Similar execution
- Kidnapping children and converting them to Islam
In May 2014, ISIS kidnapped more than 140 Kurdish schoolboys in Syria, forcing them to take lessons in radical Islamic theology.
- Establishing the Islamic caliphate in seized territory
While the leader of the Islamic State and the Levant (ISIL) militants Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in June declared himself "the caliph" and "leader of Muslims everywhere".
There are obvious similarity in actions of Boko Haram and ISIS. From Nigeria to Iraq, the challenge is being organized by sincere, serious fanatics motivated by religion and willing, indeed eager, to die for their cause.