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Reports: US to Name Boko Haram as Terrorist Organization

FILE - A poster announcing a reward for the capture of Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau is seen on a wall in Baga village on the outskirts of Maiduguri in the north-eastern Nigerian state of Borno.FILE - A poster announcing a reward for the capture of Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau is seen on a wall in Baga village on the outskirts of Maiduguri in the north-eastern Nigerian state of Borno.
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FILE - A poster announcing a reward for the capture of Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau is seen on a wall in Baga village on the outskirts of Maiduguri in the north-eastern Nigerian state of Borno.
FILE - A poster announcing a reward for the capture of Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau is seen on a wall in Baga village on the outskirts of Maiduguri in the north-eastern Nigerian state of Borno.
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The U.S. State Department is reportedly set to name the Nigerian militant group Boko Haram a foreign terrorist organization.
 
U.S. media reports say the designation will be made Wednesday, as a U.S. Congressional subcommittee holds a hearing on the threat posed by the group, which is blamed for thousands of deaths in northern Nigeria.
 
Before the meeting, committee chairman Christopher Smith said Boko Haram fits the definition of a terrorist group and should be designated as such.
 
The move would make it illegal to provide material support to Boko Haram and allow U.S. regulators to block business and financial transactions with the group.
 
In June of last year, the State Department designated Boko Haram's most visible leader, Abubakar Shekau, a terrorist, along with two other men, Abubakar Adam Kambar and Khalid al-Barnawi, who allegedly have ties to Boko Haram and al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb.
 
Boko Haram's name in the Hausa language means "Western education is a sin."  The group has battled the Nigerian government since 2009, with frequent attacks on police stations, jails, and government officials, as well as civilian targets like churches and mosques.
 
The group is believed to be fighting for an Islamic state in northern Nigeria, although much about its membership, leadership and structure remains unclear.
 
Nigeria's government declared a state of emergency in three northeastern states in May and has sent thousands of troops to battle the group.  But attacks continue, amid accusations the military has killed hundreds of civilians through indiscriminate and heavy-handed violence.

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by: Godwin from: Nigeria
November 13, 2013 11:30 AM
Best news of the year! Will this lead to America helping trace the financial sources of the group both in Nigeria and abroad? The Nigerian government has been both useless and helpless in finding a solution to this criminal offense in the country. But much more than that, the Nigerian government, Jonathan inclusive, cannot deny knowledge of who boko haram is. It is because of his timid approach to governance that boko haram has continued to pose the menace to the country. The so-called highhanded killing by security operatives, while seeming discouraging, seems also to be the general language to fight terrorism in the country, especially as some people are so debased to seeing boko haram as their own arm to fight the government.

Now these are people who intimidate the locals and force them to support their cause having been brainwashed in mosques. They refuse to call or report to security the whereabouts of these miscreants, instead they give them cover. The pigs refuse to understand that those using them to foment trouble in town have sent their own children away to Saudi Arabia, Jordan, United Arab Emirate, USA or Britain while using them as bet wherein if they(the miscreants) die, their children (now abroad) will return to the country to reap the benefits. They do not reason that if those now using them to make trouble are sincere, why do they not bring their own children to join in making the trouble?

While their children return to the country to take part in political processes and can even become senators, representatives at federal and state levels, career civil servants, diplomats, governors, emirs etc., these named terrorists only end up being fugitives, ex-convicts or ex-militants. What a shame. But my take is that the powers that be in the country know who boko haram is, how to reach them and how to stop them. Enlisting boko haram as terrorist should include those already implicated in the records, even though Jonathan's administration is too shy or timid to approach them, much less prosecute them.

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