Five and a half-minute video from West Africa titled “Disperse By [Means Of] Them” showing Islamic State affiliates attacking a Nigerian soldiers base with the same over run and looting tactics which have become the staple attack methodology. The attack on troops followed the seizing of Gudumbali on Friday September 7th in Borno State. Print media are now reporting that the situation has returned to “normalcy” (The Guardian).
The title comes from Qur’anic verse 8:57 – “So if you, [Oh Muhammad], gain dominance over them in war, disperse by [means of] them those behind them that perhaps they will be reminded.”
Fourteen minute video under the banner Wilayat Bengal, “And The Disbelievers Planned, But God Planned. And God Is The Best Of Planners ” (Qur’anic verse 3:54) from 23 September 2016 set around the July Dhaka Cafe Attack (wiki). This is not the first time Daesh elements have popped their head up in this region. Four men were arrested in January 2016, after making video media aligning themselves with Daesh. (tangentcode).
The Bengal production could be seen as a gasp for breath as Daesh suffer geographically across Iraq and Syria. One point to remember regarding the Dhaka attack is that the young men were not from impoverished or disrupted back grounds, rather from comfortable middle class families, which provide a nursery for Daesh ideology planted by an extremists elements often disenchanted with their own misunderstandings and spiritual vacuums.
A similar event of push media has also occurred with the reappearance of Boko Haram’s Abubakar Shekau, thought to have been killed, showing up in video media. (Reuters) in a low quality YouTube video. Below is Abubakar Shekau from the Wing Commander Hedima “Nigerian Pilot Beheading” video (tangentcode) February 2015.
And as seen in the September 2016 YouTube video (below)
Further to this images appear of Nigerian Army attack and Looting .
Video from West Ifriqiyyah media, possibly from September 2015, show Boko Haram insurgents near Borno moving across a grassy area with small to large tree cover. At first it is not clear what or who they are firing at. A tank appears and is chased by the lightly armed ground force. The video continues showing Government troops driving away, but it is not long until the insurgents catch up with the remaining Nigerian Troops. Bodies are shown in various states of injury as they are looted. One of the Government soldiers is captured alive and is gratuitously despatched in a cruel beheading scene.
The video concludes with the Boko Haram insurgents seemingly delighted with their haul of looted weapons and ammunition, which in reality would possibly only replace what they expended.
Nigerian forces have repelled Boko Haram only to have to take that same region again at a later date. One recent attempt to dissuade attacks is to ban the use of horses by military, (here)
The ten minute video complete with dual subtitles is a rambling speech by scarf-covered-face-AK-carrying-man in front of a couple of Toyota trucks in the classic Boko Haram production.
During the dialogue identification papers are shown from the attack on a small compound and a vehicle convoy which is shown in the second half of the video.
Injured people are shot dead and one man is beheaded in the tray truck. The video concludes with a revisiting of the October 2014 Nigerian jet wreckage which was in reality the result of the Nigerian Pilots bravery. (here)
Baga has recently been retaken by Nigerian Forces. Boko Haram have left a trail of destruction and death behind them.
Images of the destruction, from and earlier post. (here)