Al-Baghdadi Is Dead, but the Fight Goes On

Mugshot of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi taken by U.S. armed forces while he was
detained at Camp Bucca near Umm Qasr, Iraq, in 2004. (U.S. Army)

Posted at Morning Star News:

JOS, Nigeria (Morning Star News) – The death Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of the Islamic State (IS), did not come as a surprise to many across the world – many terrorists brandishing a gun in one hand and the Koran in the other have gone the same way.

Boko Haram, the terrorist group now allied with IS as the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP), has launched an insurgency in Nigeria for 10 years that has spread to other countries like Cameroon, Niger and Chad, killing thousands of people and displacing millions.

Christians in these areas have carried much of the brunt Boko Haram’s bombings, burnings and kidnappings. The emergence of ISWAP under the leadership of Abu Musab Al-Barnawi has aggravated the crisis as the terrorists carry out attacks in different parts of Nigeria and other countries.

ISWAP is still holding Leah Sharibu, 16, a student at a public high school in Dapchi, in northeast Nigeria’s Yobe state, for refusing to recant her Christian faith. ISWAP leaders say she will remain in slavery for life.

Other Christian aid workers still held captive by ISWAP Alice Ngaddah and Grace Taku. Two other Christian workers were recently executed by Boko Haram terrorists.


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