Analysis & Commentary

6th October 2016 - Quoted by James Burke - The Guardian

Isis and al-Qaida turf wars in Africa may push fragile states to breaking point

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

It is a war within a war, fought across thousands of miles of desert, scrub and forest, from the Atlantic seaboard to the Indian Ocean coastline.

20th June 2016 - Foreign Policy - Co-written by Jacob Zenn

Boko Haram’s Buyer’s Remorse

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

When Boko Haram pledged loyalty to the Islamic State in March 2015, it seemed to signal that the jihadi world was bending in the direction of the self-proclaimed caliphate.

16th April 2016 - Quoted by Lucas Powers - CBC News

Boko Haram’s focus on destroying schools threatens a generation

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

In the early morning of Nov. 24, 2014, hundreds of militants from the brutal extremist group Boko Haram poured into the remote Nigerian border town of Damasak.

7th July 2015 - CCTV

CCTV News Desk

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses the latest attack by Boko Haram in Nigeria and the evolution of terrorism.

26th March 2015 - Quoted by Jeff Seldin - Voice of America

IS Likely Trying to Add Al-Shabab to Its Ranks

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Growing divisions within the leadership of the al-Shabab terror organization could soon push some, if not all, of the Somali-based outfit to pledge allegiance to the group known as the Islamic State.

26th March 2015 - The Long War Journal

Boko Haram kidnaps hundreds from Damasak

West African terrorist outfit Boko Haram reportedly kidnapped over four hundred young women and children as it fled from the northeastern Nigerian town of Damasak earlier this month.

23rd March 2015 - The Long War Journal

Analysis: Boko Haram loses ground, but remains in the fight

Nigeria and its allies appear to be making headway in the fight against Boko Haram. However, these initial victories may not mean that the region is closer to ending its fight against violent radical Islam.

17th March 2015 - Foreign Policy

The Islamic State’s African Long Con

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

the long run, Boko Haram’s decision to pledge its allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) — and the IS’s subsequent acceptance of that pledge — may make little difference to the African militant group. But that will hardly be the case for IS.

16th March 2015 - 770 WABC-AM - New York, New York

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellows Thomas Joscelyn and Bill Roggio talk with John Batchelor about Boko Haram's pledge of allegiance to the Islamic State.

15th March 2015 - Quoted by Madu Onuorah - The Guardian Nigeria

SUICIDE BOMBING: New Weapon Of Retreating Boko Haram

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

WHEN the insurgent group, Boko Haram, launched its first suicide bombing attack on June 16, 2011 at the Louis Edet House, headquarters of the Nigeria Police Force, Abuja, it marked the first formal deployment of suicide bombings to achieve political objectives and to cause anarchy in...

13th March 2015 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Spokesman Publicly Accepts Boko Haram’s Allegiance

Thomas Joscelyn

In a new audio speech, the Islamic State's spokesman, Abu Muhammad al Adnani, accepts the pledge of allegiance made by Boko Haram's leader earlier this month.

12th March 2015 - Quoted by Armin Rosen - Business Insider

ISIS Accepted a Pledge of Allegiance from Africa’s Deadliest Terror Group

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The Islamic State militant group just accepted Boko Haram's pledge of allegiance. The Nigerian jihadist group, which has killed 11,000 people since 2011 and 6,000 people in 2014 alone, pledged itself to the Islamic State last Saturday.

10th March 2015 - CCTV America


Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross on the Islamic State's global alliances.

9th March 2015 - Quoted by Ivan Plis - The Daily Caller

Boko Haram’s ISIS Pledge Brings Jihadi Power Struggle To Africa

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Nigerian jihadi militia Boko Haram has declared itself a franchise of the Islamic State terror group, according to an audio statement from its leader that began circulating Saturday.

8th March 2015 - Fox News

America’s News HQ

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD Vice President for Research Jonathan Schanzer discusses Boko Haram's pledge of allegiance to the Islamic State.

8th March 2015 - Syndicated

The Mimi Geerges Show

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses the Islamic State's international expansion.

8th March 2015 - The Long War Journal

Boko Haram Leader Pledges Allegiance to the Islamic State

Thomas Joscelyn

Boko Haram's leader, Abu Bakr Shekau, has pledged allegiance to the emir of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi.

8th March 2015 - Quoted by Robyn Dixon - The Los Angeles Times

Boko Haram’s Pledge Seen as Propaganda Coup for Islamic State

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The decision by the Nigerian extremist group Boko Haram to pledge allegiance to Islamic State amounts to a significant propaganda coup for the Syrian-based organization, analysts say, and raises questions about whether the Nigerian militants could morph into a more global threat.

8th March 2015 - Quoted by Voice of America

Chad, Niger Launch Joint Offensive Against Boko Haram

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The armies of Chad and Niger have launched a joint offensive against the Nigeria-based Islamist group Boko Haram.

7th March 2015 - Quoted by Jeff Seldin - Voice of America

Nigeria’s Boko Haram Pledges Allegiance to Islamic State

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Two of the world’s best-known and brutal terror groups appear set to join forces following the release of a new audio recording.


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