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Boko Haram (Islamic Terrorism in Western Africa)

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Daniel Mainwaring

Documentary, Society & Culture:documentary, Society & Culture, History

51.1K Ratings

🗓️ 10 February 2023

⏱️ 24 minutes

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Boko Haram (Arabic: جماعة أهل السنة للدعوة والجهاد) is a Nigerian-based Islamic militant group founded by Mohammed Yusuf in 2002. The group seeks to impose its strict version of Islam across a swathe of Africa. Primarily active in the border area around Lake Chad, its violent insurgency has led to millions being displaced and the deaths of over 300,000 children. More recently, the failure of central governments in both Mali and Burkina Faso to tackle the threat led to military coups in both those nations. The group previously pledged allegiance to ISIS although it has now split into factions, one of which opposes ISIS (Arabic: دولة إسلامية) although their violent methods and ideology remain very similar. Boko Haram also has connections with In this episode, I speak to Vincent Foucher Consulting Senior Analyst for West Africa of Crisis Group International about Boko Haram. We discuss their ideology, growth, and the threat they pose to multiple nations in West and Central Africa. Expert Guest: Vincent Foucher Music: Pixabay Sound: U.S. Presidents Reagan, Nixon, Bush, Trump, Nigerian President Jonathan Goodluck, (Public Domain) Photo: Abubakar Shekau (Free Use)

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The threat posed by Islamic extremists has been a key focus of Western governments for decades.


These deeds make so evident the


bestial nature of those who would assume power if they could have their way and drive us out of that area.


Our enemy is a radical network of terrorists and every government that supports them.


Tonight I can report to the American people and government that


the support the United States has conducted an operation that killed


Osama bin Laden.


I'm gonna bomb the shit out of them.


But while Western governments and media tend to focus their attention on the Middle East,


for the last two decades Western and Central Africa has been ravaged by an Islamic extremist group called




This organization, Bocoharam has been one of the worst regional or local terrorist organizations


in the world.


In the access of Boko Haram, Christ,


tomato, all of us.


In this episode, I speak to Vincent voucher,


and expert on Boko Haram and consulting senior analyst of the International


Crisis Group about Boko Haram's origins, their purpose and the future of West and Central Africa.


Islam has a long and proud history in Africa that extends back to the 7th century


A.D. The Songhai and Mali empires produce great scholars whose religious as well as scientific


research still dazzled scholars today.


The richest man in history is reported to have been Mansa Musa, a benevolent 14th century


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