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ICC Note: In March 2015, Boko Haram joined forced with the Islamic State (ISIS). Both groups have been primary offenders of persecution towards Christians embarking on a campaign that includes, rape, murder, beheadings, and kidnappings in West Africa and the Middle East. The following is a multimedia collection of the history of the relationship between Boko Haram and ISIS.

By Sarah Almukhtar

6/16/15 Nigeria (NYT) – Boko Haram, the radical Islamic sect that controls parts of Nigeria, became the largest affiliate of the Islamic State in March, after months of strengthening its media presence and courting the jihadist group.

After the Islamic State announced its goal to build a caliphate, Mr. Shekau actively expressed support for Islamic State leadership. In July 2014, Boko Haram began adding the Islamic State’s flag and signature Islamic chant to its videos.A month later, Mr. Shekau described territory Boko Haram had recently seized as a dawla, or a state, of Islam. Jacob Zenn, an analyst at The Jamestown Foundation, says this phrase was a clear reference to the Islamic State, which is also known as ISIS.

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