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[OFFICIAL] ISIS leader accepts pledge of allegiance from Boko Haram – audio

Islamic State (ISIS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has accepted a pledge of allegiance from the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, according to an audio recording from ISIS spokesman Abu Mohammad al-Adnani.

  • LINK to the audio recording: https://ia801503.us.archive.org/8/items/alkalima63/kalimah.mp3 (Arabic)

The news comes less than a week after Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau pledged his allegiance to the Islamic State, referring to al-Baghdadi as the “Caliph of Muslims” and vowing to listen to and obey him.

"We announce our allegiance to the Caliph of the Muslims, Ibrahim ibn Awad ibn Ibrahim al-Husseini al-Qurashi, and will listen and obey in times of difficulty and prosperity, in hardship and ease, and not to dispute about rule with those in power," Abubakar Shekau said in the 8-minute video, which carried only audio of Shekau.

The Boko Haram, which declared a caliphate last year in areas it controls in northeastern Nigeria, is seeking the imposition of an extremist stance of the Shariah law, which is a Muslim code of conduct. The group's name, in the local language of Hausa, roughly translates as Western religion is sacrilegious' or 'non-Islamic religion is a sin.

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