Under fire in Iraq, Islamic State accepts Boko Haram as affiliate

March 13, 2015 1:06 PM

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Under fire in Iraq, Islamic State accepts Boko Haram as affiliate

The self-styled Islamic State says it accepts a pledge of allegiance by Boko Haram, a move that may add a new dimension in Nigeria's fight against the jihadist group.

In an audio recording released Thursday, IS spokesman Abu Mohammed al-Adnani said that Boko Haram's pledge has been accepted and that now “no one can stand in its path,” the Associated Press reports. The agreement mirrors the steps taken by other Sunni jihadist groups in Libya and Egypt.

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