“Few believe the Boko Haram terrorist network has such capability.” Why not? With the U.S. importing whole communities from Somalia and elsewhere in the Islamic world, and making no effort whatsoever to screen those immigrants, how hard can it be to send in a few jihadists?
“Islamic extremist leader boasts of Nigerian attack,” by Michelle Faul for the Associated Press, December 12 (thanks to Kenneth):
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) “” The leader of an Islamic uprising in northeastern Nigeria boasts in a new video of a daring attack on military bases in a provincial capital and threatens to attack the United States next.
Few believe the Boko Haram terrorist network has such capability though there are fears its insurgency could spread to neighboring states. Officials have said that fighters from Chad, Niger and Cameroon are fighting alongside the Nigerian insurgents. Boko Haram members have been identified fighting in the Islamic rebellion in northern Mali and it has said some of its fighters trained alongside al-Shabab in Somalia.
In his first statement since the United States designated Boko Haram a terrorist network last month, Abubakar Shekau swore at the United States, calling it a prostitute nation of infidels and liars. The United States in July posted a reward of $7 million for information leading to Shekau’s arrest.
He suggests that the U.S., which could not defend itself against the September 2011 terrorist attacks, cannot hurt his movement.
“If you had the capability, you would have done it in your own country. Where were you when your World Trade Center was bombed, including your Pentagon, when you were faced on your own turf?” he asks.
Shekau, eyes glaring with an anger not exhibited in previous videos, gesticulates wildly as he vows: “By Allah, we will never stop. Don’t think we will stop in Maiduguri. Tomorrow you will see us in America itself. Our operation is not confined to Nigeria, it is for the whole world.”…