Thursday, August 4, 2016

Boko Haram Splits Over Naming of A New Leader

New York Times: Boko Haram Leader Speaks on YouTube, Deepening Signs of Split

DAKAR, Senegal — A new voice recording described by security experts as coming from the longtime leader of Boko Haram deepened speculation about a fracture in the militant group, which has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State and has terrorized Nigeria and its neighbors for years.

In the 10-minute recording uploaded to YouTube Wednesday night, the Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, referred to what appeared to be a split in Boko Haram over whether Muslims who live among nonbelievers are good Muslims whose lives deserve to be spared.

Several analysts said they were confident the recording was of Mr. Shekau’s voice.

The recording emerged hours after an Islamic State publication distributed on the internet referred to another Boko Haram figure, Abu Musab al-Barnawi, as “governor” of the group. Mr. al-Barnawi was formerly thought to be merely a spokesman. The new title suggested that perhaps he was running Boko Haram now.

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More News On Reports Of A Split Among The Boko Haram

Boko Haram in Nigeria: Split emerges over leadership -- BBC
Boko Haram's Abubakar Shekau Rejects New Leader, Suggesting Split With ISIS -- Newsweek
Audio from Boko Haram's elusive chief fuels talk of split -- AFP
Boko Haram leader says he's still in charge despite Islamic State claim otherwise -- UPI
Boko Haram Leader Shekau Rejects Replacement by IS in Audio -- Bloomberg
How Shekau’s surrender has thrown Boko Haram into leadership, tactical confusion -- Vanguard
In naming new leader, has ISIS fractured Boko Haram? -- David Iaconangelo, CSM

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