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Despite 'pledge,' Boko Haram has no real ties to ISIS: U.S.

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geria based Islamic radical group Boko Haram blasting its way back into the headlines last weekend. Killing 32 soldiers in Niger, all while proclaiming itself the West Africa province of Islamic State.>>
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> That vow of allegiance coming amid fears ISIS is answering setbacks at home, in Syria and Iraq by spreading terror abroad.
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But foreign policy reporter, Jonathan Landin says don't believe the hype.>> The Boka Haram declared its allegiance to Islamic State in March of 2015. Since that time, US officials tell us that they have absolutely no evidence That there's any significant financial relationship, any kind of command relationship, any kind of very strong ties at all between Islamic State and Boko Haram.
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Boko Haram seems to be using its pledge of allegiance to Islamic State as a branding mechanism. To give itself status in international jihadi circles and perhaps trying to attract new recruits.>> While around a thousand US special ops troops are stationed in Africa, their role battling Boko Haram is limited.
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>> If there was intelligence showing significant financial support, weaponry support, command support from Islamic State of Boko Haram. That would give a greater impetus to those within United States, government and elsewhere to believe that the United States military should be taking a greater role in helping Nigeria and its neighbors fight Boko Haram.
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Boko Haram is best known for kidnapping over 200 school girls in 2014 and have proven difficult to put down.>> The United States has pumped up to about $400 million a year. The amount of security assistance that is giving Nigeria and its neighbors to fight the Boko Haram insurgency.
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However, many US officials and law makers believe that in addition to security assistance Nigeria needs help with providing the basic services like education, health care, development assistance. And that by doing so young people can be persuaded to go to school, find jobs, instead of joining in insurgency.