- Posted May 11, 2014 by
Jacksonville, North Carolina
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Silence from Al-Qaeda
Can a terrorist organization go too far, even by terrorist standards? Is it even conceivable? A terrorist organization having such a twisted and insidious ideology that even other terror organizations try to distance themselves from them?
The answer is yes and here's why.
Boko Haram crossed that line in April when they kidnapped over 276 schoolgirls in Nigeria. Rescue efforts are under way in the region, however, counter terrorism officials are having difficulties in recovering the schoolgirls.
The latest news from the Pentagon states that the intelligence reports seem to indicate that the 276 girls may have been split up.
"We do think they have been broken up into smaller groups," U.S. Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, said.
The Admiral's response delivering disappointing news at a time when the atmosphere surrounding this case seems to be that the hour glass is slowly running out of sand.
In light of all the latest developments in this case including my story about how the rescue efforts might be hindered by the disclosures of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. On the horizon comes another development, and its one you might not have expected.
According to the National Counter Terrorism Center (NCTC) Boko Haram is loosely affiliated with Al-Qaeda, however, because of the recent Nigerian kidnappings, Al-Qaeda is starting to denounce the actions of Boko Haram with their most powerful message. SILENCE.
It's been over three weeks since the kidnappings first occurred and yet no reaction. No statements of praise from Al-Qaeda's core leadership or even support from Al-Qaeda's closest branch to Nigeria, Al-Qaeda in the Islamc Maghred (AQIM) who operates in the Sahara.
So what's the reasoning be hide this silence? Why the anti-climatic celebration by Al-Qaeda and its affiliates? The answer is simply...
We know from historical reporting that Boko Haram has worked along side Al-Qaeda and its various franchises for some time now. Boko Haram fighters have been found in Somaila at training camps ran by the militant group Al-Shabaab (21 September Nairobi attack).
Also,counter-IED forensic experts found evidence after the Boko Haram attack in 2011 that bombed the UN regional headquarters in Abuja, linking Boko Haram to the methodology and explosives used by the AQIM mentioned earlier in this report.
However, the picture is worth a thousand words above and in the minds of Al-Qaeda those words are counter productive to their future goals. This type of ideology is a return to strategies that built the foundation of terrorism thinking when terrorism itself was still in its infancy.
Al-Qaeda has become wiser in recent years since the death of Osama Bin Laden. Their public relations campaign is more focused on public image. They want to inspire sympathizers to their ideological cause, raging a war against their political and religious foes instead of innocent civilians and for that matter innocent children.
So what does this mean?
It means that whatever the relationship was between Boko Haram and Al-Qaeda and its various franchises, Boko Haram's latest endeavors have attracted unwanted international attention and bad publicity. Thus, Al-Qaeda will most likely not want to be associated with Boko Haram publicly for the time
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