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December 27, 2011

Sub-Saharan Africa
Boko Haram Christmas Bombings

A car burns at the scene of a bomb explosion at St. Theresa Catholic Church at Madalla, Suleja, just outside Nigeria's capital Abuja, December 25, 2011. (Afolabi Sotunde/Courtesy Reuters)   Wh…

Boko Haram Christmas Bombings

July 21, 2011

Sub-Saharan Africa
Boko Haram Splits?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vLeOgxlBMg&feature=player_embedded The press is reporting that Yusufiyya Islamic Movement (YIM) distributed leaflets widely in Maiduguri on July 19 denouncing other B…

January 5, 2018

Nigeria
Abuja is Taking Boko Haram Seriously

In the past couple of months, the Buhari administration removed the commander of the operation against Boko Haram, Lafiya Dole, ostensibly for poor performance, announced a new "fortress" strategy to protect civilians, and earmarked $1 billion in funds for the conflict.

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June 10, 2011

Sub-Saharan Africa
Boko Haram Attacks Continue

Nigerian security officers stand near burning motorcycles at the demolished house of the Islamic militant leader Mohammed Yusuf in the northern Nigerian city of Maiduguri August 3, 2009. (Akintunde A…

Boko Haram Attacks Continue

December 6, 2010

Nigeria
Boko Haram Strikes Again

Read about it here. If you want some background, I made a short video with CFR.org: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RA0dQoAWBSU

December 12, 2018

Nigeria
Doing Business in Nigeria's Northeast, the Land of Boko Haram

On December 10, the Financial Times published a fascinating article by Neil Munshi, dateline Maiduguri, on how honest businesses have adapted to operating in areas affected by Boko Haram. Specifically, Munshi cites Coca-Cola, Unilvever, and MTN, and telecommunications company. Since multinational forces dislodged Boko Haram from holding territory in 2015, the three have expanded their operations and their markets in Nigeria’s northeast.

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August 9, 2018

Nigeria
Boko Haram Faction Releases Book on History and Ideology

The book likely represents the public views of one of Yusuf’s sons and the current ISWAP leader, Abu Musab al-Barnawi, who became very close to Abubakar Shekau after the former’s father was killed in 2009.

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August 28, 2017

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Boko Haram Factions May Seek State Cooperation

According to conventional wisdom, the insurrection based in northeastern Nigeria and the Cameroon known as Boko Haram comprises at least three large factions, and there may well be more. One, perhaps…

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May 24, 2018

Nigeria
Boko Haram Faction Reportedly Collecting "Taxes" in Northeast Nigeria

The al-Barnawi faction has reportedly sought to win the people of the Lake Chad basin over by creating an economy—which can then be taxed—by providing certain incentives and financial and material support.

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May 11, 2018

Nigeria
Boko Haram’s Violence Against Women and Girls Demands Justice

To date, not one member of Boko Haram has been prosecuted for sexual violence. Yet, as President Buhari mulls granting amnesty to repentant members of Boko Haram, justice requires accountability for their crimes, including those that are gender-based. 

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