With the Rise of ISIS and Boko Haram, is Nigeria the Next Iraq?

The Nigerian Army says Boko Haram terrorists are “on the run,” but is it the truth or a public relations stunt?

Islamic State and Boko Haram militants are gaining control in northern Nigeria, warns Reuters. At the same time, Nigerian media claim military tactics are working. The Army’s public relations director says terrorists are retreating en masse to Sudan and Central African Republic.

Lately, Boko Haram terrorists have been showing up in Cameroon and Niger, which border Nigeria to the west and north, respectively. Last weekend, 100 Boko Haram militants torched an evangelical church in northern Cameroon.

“All the evidence is pointing [to] not only has the government lost control of the northern part of Nigeria, but [the crisis is] going to leak over to other areas,” David Curry with Open Doors USA says.

“You could have a situation like you had in northern Iraq, where a group like Boko Haram tries to set up a caliphate, or they control a whole swath of territory.”

In this detailed timeline, The Wilson Center describes the Islamic State’s rise and fall in Iraq. Christians were a primary target for the Islamic State – also known as ISIS or Da’esh – just as they are for Boko Haram.  Nigeria’s government seems unable to contain the crisis – just as Iraq’s government was unable to contain the spread of ISIS.

Read our past coverage here to find more similarities.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth