Al-Qaeda is Penetrating into NIGERIA – US warns

The United States of America has warned Nigerians as they say that the terrorist group Al-Qaeda is penetrating into the country

They say the North-western part of the country is slowly becoming their base

The Cable reports that Dagvin Anderson, commander of the US special operations command, Africa,

made this known during a press briefing. According to the report, Anderson said the Al-Qaeda is slowly encroaching into NIGERIA

 

“We have engaged with Nigeria

aLso continue to engage with them in intel sharing

and in understanding what these violent extremists are doing.

that has been absolutely critical to their engagements

up in the Borno state and into an emerging area of northwest Nigeria

that we’re seeing al-QaEda starting to make some inroads in.

“So, this intelligence sharing is absolutely vital

and we stay fully engaged with the government of Nigeria

to provide them an understanding

of what these terrorists are doing, what Boko Haram is doing,

what ISIS-West Africa is doing,

and how ISIS and al-QaEda are looking to expand further south into the littoral areas.”

Al-Qaeda is Penetrating into NIGERIA - US warns

Speaking further On the Al-Qaeda intercepting into NIGERIA, Anderson said

“We as a community of international nations,

keep thinking we have defeated them

or we have put them on their back foot and that they’re just moments from disintegration.”

I think there’s two factors in that.

One, it goes to show that each government has to focus on this

and provide that focus for international partners to engage with.

The other part of this is we can’t underestimate the threat

these violent extremist organizations pose.

I think after 20 years we have seen the Al-Qaeda are very resilient organizations

that, although small, they’re able to leverage social media

and other forms of media to have an outsized voice

and that they continue to recruit and they continue to find opportunities.”

Furthermore Anderson’s comment comes amidst an increasing number of security breaches in many parts of the country.

Now it seems like that the fight against Boko Haram May not just be against the sect, but also against Al-Qaeda