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An audio message reportedly from Nigeria’s Boko Haram claims the group has pledged their allegiance to the Islamic State militant group in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), according to a tweet published Saturday on the group’s suspended Twitter account.

The recording features a man claiming to be Boko Haram leader Abu Bakr Shekau pledging the group’s support, saying the militants will “hear and obey in times of difficulty and prosperity”, as war spreads through Africa. International media outlets immediately began speculating on new terror threats the group could generate.

The narrative is a merger of two rabid propaganda streams executed by militants of questionable origin. The new alliance comes at a time when the military of neighbor country Chad has been highly active against the group in the border region, launching a new offensive with Niger military forces. International media has largely ignored the group’s Baga massacre which killed more than 2,000 people as Guardian reported during the high profile Charlie Hebdo attacks which dominated news headlines.

The links to US and Israeli manipulation of ISIS are clear as even the New York Times reported on the widespread “conspiracy” beliefs in Iraq. There is also little discussion of news that the new leader of “ISIS in Libya” is a known Al-Qaeda member who was backed by the US and NATO during the Libya invasion targeting Gaddafi.

The links to western manipulation are not as clear for Boko Haram but many in Africa are convinced already. Sudan President Omar al-Bashir said that America’s CIA and Israel’s Mossad are behind group Boko Haram and ISIL. “I said CIA and the Mossad stand behind these organisations. There is no Muslim who would carry out such acts.” in an interview featured on Euronews.

Sudan is locked in a brutal oil war which has split the country in two, forming the nation of South Sudan in 2011.


Israel is confirmed to have interests in the region as well as its hands on the action. Israeli Defense Forces raided a ship off the coast of Sudan which officials claimed was carrying missiles from Iran. In December 2012, Sudanese officials discovered a vulture suspected of spying for Israel as the bird was “fitted with GPS and solar-powered equipment capable of broadcasting images via satellite”, as reported in UK’s Telegraph. The bird “had a tag attached to its leg with ‘Israel Nature Service’ and ‘Hebrew University, Jerusalem'” citing Haaretz newspaper and an Egyptian website, El Balad, according to Telegraph. Israeli officials explained the situation pointing to an experiment with 100 vultures to take “distance and altitude readings but not surveillance images”, citing Ynet in the same report.

Sudan made claims in October 2012 that Israel carried out the bombing of a munitions depot near the capital Khartoum ‘after jamming the country’s radar defences’ as the arms depot was said to be supplying weapons to the Palestinian militant group Hamas in Gaza.


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