Boko Haram, Group Not Labeled ‘Terrorists’ By Clinton, Joins Islamic State

Boko Haram, the Nigerian militant group who began capturing hundreds of innocent girls last year, has pledged its allegiance to the Islamic State (IS), according to recent reports.

Boko Haram “is thought to have had links with al-Qaeda,” but as Josh Rogin pointed out last May, Hillary Clinton’s State Department refused to brand Boko Haram as a terrorist organization.

Clinton’s refusal was overturned by her successor, John Kerry, who eventually did add Boko Haram to the list of foreign terrorist organizations, allowing U.S. officials to “use certain tools and authorities” to combat their terrorist activities.

It is estimated that Boko Haram’s terrorist bombings have killed thousands of innocent citizens, triggering a humanitarian crisis in Nigeria.