A Christian woman reacts to the Islamic slaughter in Nigeria.
by, J. Schuyler Montague | sharia unveiled
While the world focuses on ISIS in Syria and Iraq, al-Qaeda (AQAP) in Yemen and the recent Islamic terrorist attacks in France, massacre after massacre is occurring in Nigeria..and the world remains silent. The worldwide plague of Islam is pulling our attention in so many directions, simultaneously..that we are neglecting to see the slaughter of innocence in Nigeria and surrounding nations. A week ago, more than 2,000 women, children and elderly people were slaughtered in ONE attack by Boko Haram Muslim terrorists in Nigeria, and barely did it make a blip on major media outlets. Our focus was on France and the 17 murdered in Paris. Currently, Boko Haram Muslim terrorists control 6 times more territory than ISIS. This is an enormous land mass and it is growing everyday. Unless something is done and very soon, we could potentially lose an entire continent to an Islamic terrorist organization within the next 12-15 months.
It is very important that we begin to shift the world’s focus to Nigeria and keep it there until Boko Haram is destroyed, freedom to Nigeria is restored and the stolen girls, land and assets have been reclaimed by the rightful owners. I have been covering Boko Haram and their Islamic conquest of the African continent for 3 years now. Although “we” need to make a concerted effort to end this tragedy and end it NOW! I am going to devote more time and focus on Nigeria but I need your help…
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Je Suis Baga
It’s as if the World Has Forgotten Us…
by, Debora Patta | CBS News
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — #BringBackOurGirls. Remember that hashtag? The social media campaign that accompanied global outrage over Boko Haram’s abduction of more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls on the eve of their final exams went viral almost instantly.
That was nine months ago. The girls have not been seen since and it appears the world is suffering from what one commentator called “collective amnesia.”
But for the people of Nigeria, there is no such thing as the luxury of forgetting and moving on. Hardly a week goes recently without word of another Boko Haram atrocity.
Much of the violence happens in the northern states of Borno and Yobe — the heart of Boko Haram’s stronghold, where they have been conducting a violent ISIS-style land-grab. It’s estimated they now control territory about half the size of Iceland — 20,000 square miles — with a population of 1.7 million people.
Boko Haram fighters are alarmingly well-equipped and the Nigerian military frequently complains that it is outmanned and outgunned by the group; so much so that at the end of 2014, more than 50 Nigerian soldiers were sentenced to death for mutiny after refusing to fight the militants.
Their tactics violate every single international human right. They raid towns and villages, killing with impunity. Children are frequently abducted and teenage girls taken as the spoils of war, forced to become the sex slaves for Boko Haram militants.
In the past week alone Boko Haram has unleashed bloodshed on almost a daily basis. The most devastating attack by the group to date was the massacre of civilians in the towns of Baga and Doro Baga, where eyewitnesses describe stepping over bodies too numerous to count as they fled into the bush.
Video courtesy of:BBC News
The death toll in the assault is impossible to verify as the area is remote and too dangerous to access, but an eyewitness account of “bodies strewn in bushes” should be enough to convey the extent of the horror.
And just when it seemed hard to imagine that Boko Haram’s brutality could get no worse, it did. Children are now being used to carry out their bloody deeds.
The new face of war; a child with explosives strapped to her young body. This past weekend saw two separate child suicide bombings, leaving more than 20 people dead. It’s unlikely the girls even knew what the purpose of the deadly vest they were given was. One of them was no more than ten years old.
Sources in the region tell CBS News the use of children could signify desperation on the part of Boko Haram.
“Their extreme brutality and the fact that they kill Christians and Muslims has made it difficult for them to recruit,” said a terrorism analyst who has worked extensively in West Africa. “They lack ideological appeal.”
But children are in ready supply in Boko Haram camps. It’s believed the bombers from the attacks last weekend could have been the orphaned children of Boko Haram fighters killed in the conflict, or schoolgirls kidnapped as war booty.
“This story is almost too painful to contemplate,” said one diplomatic source in Nigeria. “A child suicide bomber, this is a special brand of evil.”
Michael Yohana co-ordinates an organization that helps re-home the refugees who have fled Nigeria’s violence. A gentle giant with a beaming smile, he keeps me regularly updated on the plight and numbers of displaced people.
You would usually be hard pressed to hear him speak in harsh tones — but over the past months he has grown increasingly frustrated.
“It’s as if the world has forgotten us,” he told me. “What is the world doing? Have they also been hypnotized or bought over? Why no response whatsoever? Why?”
As the bodies pile up, many Nigerians cannot escape the feeling that the world is indifferent to their suffering, but worse still is their own government’s detachment from the situation and seeming inability to rein in Boko Haram.
It’s a presidential election year in Nigeria, and in the run-up to the poll on Valentine’s Day next month, expect the violence to only increase.
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Jihadist-Controlled Territory: How do Boko Haram, Isis and the Afghan Taliban Compare?
by, Shane Croucher | International Business Times (IBT)
The rapid expansion of territory seized by jihadist groups is one of the worst geo-political developments in recent years.
Boko Haram in Nigeria, the Islamic State (Isis) in Syria and Iraq and the Afghan Taliban have all violently brought land under their control.
Though not the only Islamic extremists to control territory in the world – others include al-Shabab in Somalia and al-Qaeda in Yemen – these three groups have either established, or have realistic aspirations of establishing, a functioning state to consolidate their power and permanence.
Islamic State burst out of the Syrian civil war in late 2013, where its jihadists had been fighting the government, and took most by complete surprise.
After seizing control of some Syrian areas from forces loyal to Bashar al-Assad – including the city of Raqqa, now the capital of the Islamic State – it went on to win territory in Iraq too.
And it bolstered its military capabilities by taking US-made weapons from the fleeing Iraqi Army, including pieces of heavy artillery. It captured Mosul, Iraq’s second city, as radical Islamists from across the world, including Western countries, travelled to fight under the banner of the Islamic State.
After its rapid land-grab, the self-declared Islamic State – a brutal caliphate headed up by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi which adheres to an ultra-strict form of Sharia law – set about not only defending it, but maintaining institutions such as a justice system and creating an economy.
It has primarily funded itself throughdonations from wealthy sympathisers in the Middle East and selling oil produced within its borders at infrastructure it stole from Syria and Iraq, but also raises money from assets it has robbed, extortion and kidnap ransoms.
Islamic State militants have captured journalists, aid workers and foreign fighters, often demanding ransoms for their safe return. Many have been executed, sometimes by beheading.
The exact square mileage under the Islamic State’s control is not known. Estimates vary from 12,000 (about the size of Belgium) to as much as 81,000 (about the size of Belarus). As it wins and loses territory in battles with Iraqi and Syrian forces, the figure is constantly changing.
There are thought to be eight million people living under the oppression of the Islamic State.
Its central goal is to create a global caliphate. While this is obviously never going to happen, it may – if it can maintain a supply of weapons, money and fighters – take more ground in the Middle East and consolidate the state further, unless a serious military challenge is made.
Boko Haram, an armed radical Islamist group whose name translates as “Western education is forbidden”, is murdering and pillaging its way across Nigeria. Its reach also touches border countries, such as Cameroon, Niger and Chad.
In the latest deadly assault, over 2,000 innocent Nigerians were slaughtered – including pregnant women and children – as Boko Haram razed entire towns to the ground.
The group, thought to be led by Abubakar Shekau, is also known for kidnapping schoolgirls and forcing them into marriage with their fighters, as well as using child soldiers.
One of the most sickening atrocities carried out by Boko Haram is strapping bombs to a 10-year-old girl and sending her into a crowded marketplace before murdering her and 16 others by detonating her.
Founded in 2002, it is only in recent years that Boko Haram has managed to gain ground. As a result, it has become a proscribed terror group in the UK and US.
According to a June 2014 briefing by the Henry Jackson Society, Boko Haram has as many as 300 training camps in Nigeria and neighbouring countries.
It pays its soldiers for joining and then fighting, with bonus payments for acquiring weapons during battle.
Thirteen years on from its inception, it has taken control of around 20,000 square miles of territory and displaced around 300,000 people in the process.
That is bigger than Slovakia, to put it into perspective, and home to more than 1.7 million people now living under the tyranny of Boko Haram, which adopts an extreme Sunni interpretation of Islam.
And it makes its money through illicit means. It robs the places it raids; uses the black market to sell drugs and poaching spoils; extorts people and kidnaps for ransom; and receives donationsfrom al-Qaeda and supportive Islamists (including $3m from Osama bin Laden himself in the early 2000s).
It’s not known exactly how many people are fighting with Boko Haram. The US State Department said estimates vary from a few hundred to a few thousand.
The Nigerian army cannot contain Boko Haram. As the extremists gain ground, the concern is that they will pause to formalise themselves – it is currently a loose band with no clear hierarchy – and start developing a semi-functioning state with institutions. Some are already calling it the “Islamic State of Africa”.
Despite losing most of its territory when it was unseated from rule by the US-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, the Afghan Taliban has maintained a fierce guerrilla opposition.
Now full military operations by the US and UK have officially ended in Afghanistan, though a few thousand troops remain to support the Afghan army, it’s feared the Taliban will simply reclaim control through the use of force much of its former territory.
Islamic fundamentalists, the Taliban regime in Afghanistan was attacked by the US in the aftermath of 9/11 because it harboured al-Qaeda’s terror training camps inside the country and had close links with the organisation, headed by Osama bin Laden who masterminded the 2001 attack on America.
Despite ousting the Taliban, coalition forces far from defeated them. The Taliban still controls some Afghan territory and continues to fight.
It has some support from Afghan villagers, who have suffered under the US occupation and are religiously conservative, but it also silences any dissent through intimidation and violence.
It’s not known exactly how much of Afghanistan is under Taliban influence in square mile terms. But there are troubling reports of battles that have seen it recapture certain towns and villages in rural areas.
Money and arms are thought to still be flowing in from wealthy sympathisers, probably in Gulf states, while the Taliban also makes cash from drugs by taking control of poppy fields.
And there are doubts about the effectiveness of the Nato-trained Afghan national security forces, who face a lonely battle to maintain stability in the country by fighting back the Taliban.
“In some outlying districts, Afghan forces and local insurgents have reached informal ceasefires that effectively cede a degree of authority to the Taliban,” according to a worrying briefing by theCouncil on Foreign Relations.
Though the UN estimates that the Taliban officially controls just four districts of 373 in Afghanistan, it sits on the edge of others and is ready to pounce: 40% of districts have a “raised” or “high” threat level of Taliban attack.
So while the Taliban hasn’t been able to re-establish its control of the whole state, it effectively maintains a sporadic governance of some local areas across Afghanistan.
With the might of the US and UK militaries now largely gone from Afghanistan, the extremists could eventually reassert themselves in Kabul unless a conclusive endgame is reached before this scenario: either by wiping out the Taliban militarily or reaching a political settlement.
Even the Pentagon expects the Taliban to expand between 2015 and 2018 as it tries to take back control of the country.
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When Normal Is Deadly: How Boko Haram Made Us Ok With Slaughter
How we live in a world where a terror attack in Paris seems “unthinkable” yet a massacre in Nigeria seems somehow normal.
by, Joe Randazzo | The Daily Beast
In the first few days after Boko Haram’s recent attack in the remote village of Baga, most of the news coverage I saw about it concerned the lack of news. Why, the media wondered, was the media not more interested? As many as 2,000 people had been slaughtered, a figure that, if true, would dwarf the number killed in Paris around the same time.
A big reason the Boko Haram killings haven’t gotten much press is that there isn’t much press there. Baga is extremely remote, with little or no cell service, and it is, by all accounts, a war zone. Nor is the Nigerian government cooperative, or forthcoming, about what’s going on: The military claims no more than 150 people were killed, including militants. President Goodluck Jonathan, who is in the midst of a reelection campaign, hasn’t even publicly commented on the attack.
But even if the western media had been more present, I’m not convinced the western audience would have been more interested. Because, at bottom, there’s a pervading sense here that what happened in Paris was decidedly not normal, while what happened in Nigeria decidedly was.
And normal, unfortunately, doesn’t make the news.
The average western consumer is operating with a broad set of assumptions that form the backdrop for their worldview. This backdrop, which is supposed to remain fixed, unchanged, includes beautiful images of a sophisticated, peaceful Paris, right alongside ugly images of a chaotic Nigeria. When it is disturbed, however—when what is normal is disrupted, especially violently—well, then, we have news.
It is not considered normal for a bunch of French cartoonists to be shot up in their own offices. Millions of us can relate much more easily to this sort of horror than yet another attack on yet another village in yet another African country. We can imagine it. We can fear it. We call these recognizable kinds of tragedyunthinkable, while what happened in Nigeria is not even worth thinking about.
But surely this is abnormal, even by Boko Haram standards: perhaps thousands dead, villages burned to the ground, little girls used as suicide bombers? The insidious thing about normal, though, is that it makes room for the abnormal. School shootings were once abnormal in the U.S. Now they’re almost banal. The same goes for atrocities of ever-escalating brazenness and horror in Islamic lands. The fact that it defies our comprehension is, simply, normal.
The result of this kind of thinking is something worse than apathy; it’s acceptance. Normal allowed us to accept slavery, homophobia, misogyny, racism in all its forms, illegal foreign invasions, unfettered corporate greed, environmental destruction. Normal is not equal and it is not fair. Normal is deadly.
This is why terrorism is so effective. It shatters our sense of normalcy in a very dramatic way, makes us recoil at the very idea of ever having to give it up—even if holding onto it comes at a terrible cost to others. What is happening in Nigeria, though, does not seem to be about making a political statement. Like ISIS, Boko Haram’s apparent goal is to establish a caliphate, and the murders and razing of towns are not just to designed to terrorize, but to seize territory for their own brutal sovereignty—territory that is spilling over into neighboring Chad.
But none of us, from the casual news observer to the president of the United States, seems willing to allow the reality of what Boko Haram is doing to disrupt our daily lives. If enough of us decided, however, that we’d rather live in a just world than a normal one, acceptance would turn to outrage, and the west would start putting pressure on the Nigerian government to do more.
And by the way, those 219 kidnapped Nigerian girls have still not been located. In fact, Boko Haram has abducted hundreds more children since the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls overtook social media last spring. But I suppose that’s normal now, too.