ISIL ‘Franchises’ Pop Out Across Africa / Sputnik International

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Over the course of last nine months, the Islamic State has expanded out of its original borders in Syria and Iraq and now has presence in several African countries, Le Monde reported.

Two days ago, Nigeria’s militant group Boko Haram pledged its allegiance to the Islamic State.

“We announce our allegiance to the Caliph… and will hear and obey in times of difficulty and prosperity, in hardship and ease. We call upon Muslims everywhere to pledge allegiance to the Caliph.” – said an English translation of Boko Haram’s audio broadcast in Arabic.

The caliph, identified in the Boko Haram’s message, is Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State and self-proclaimed caliph of the entire Muslim world.

Boko Haram is the latest ISIL addition. The group already has working “franchises” in Afghanistan, Pakistan and North Africa.

In September of 2014, an Algerian jihadist group made entrance onto the scene of international jihadism after the murder of French tourist Herve Gourdel in Kabylie. Ten days prior to that incident, the group announced their allegiance…

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