Every day, the global jihad grows larger, more organized, and better equipped. Meanwhile, politicians and the media continue to protect and promote the ideology that calls for jihad.
"We announce our allegiance to the Caliph ... and will hear and obey in times of difficulty and prosperity," read an English language translation of the video broadcast in Arabic that purported to be from the Nigerian militant group.
The pledge of allegiance was attributed to Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau.
The video script identified the Caliph as Ibrahim ibn Awad ibn Ibrahim al-Awad al-Qurashi, who is better known as Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of Islamic State and self-proclaimed caliph of the Muslim world.
Baghdadi has already accepted pledges of allegiance from other jihadist groups in the Middle East, Afghanistan, Pakistan and north Africa. (Continue Reading.)