The Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group this weekend, just hours after it set off five bombs in busy areas of Maiduguri, northeast Nigeria’s largest city, killing 54 people and injuring 146, according to local authorities.
Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau pledged allegiance to ISIL through a video shared on a Twitter account that has since been suspended. The news was immediately picked up by international media, with much speculation about what the news could mean. Was one of the West’s greatest fears was nearing reality—that two of the world’s most dangerous and fervent Islamic militants are beginning to work together, potentially creating a global Islamic caliphate spreading from Iraq through the Middle East to northern and western Africa?
Not so fast.
While it is true that Boko Haram is still dangerous, as evidenced by the latest attack, teaming up with ISIL will not necessarily make them stronger or more effective, according to analysts.