Unlike the “ISWAP” information that was spread and shared aggressively by popular Boko Haram-linked blogger, Ahmad Salkida and also by the Fulan Sitrep blog, the US has denied any meaningful link between Nigeria’s Boko Haram and the Islamic State, otherwise known as Daesh in Iraq and Syria.
The Vanguard reports:
U.S. officials on Thursday said “there is no evidence that Boko Haram has received significant operational support or financing from Islamic State (IS).
An official, who spoke on condition of anonymity in Washington, said more than a year after the group’s pledge of allegiance, it has no link with IS.
He added that after Boko Haram killed more than two dozen soldiers in Niger last week, it claimed the attack in the name of Islamic State-West Africa Province, a title meant to tell the world that it was an arm of the Syria-based extremist group.