U.S. Labels Nigeria’s Boko Haram a Terrorist Group

The Sunni militant group is said to be behind thousands of deaths in Nigeria

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The U.S. State Department formally designated Boko Haram as a foreign terrorist group Wednesday, making it a crime for Americans to provide “material support” to the group and enabling banks to freeze U.S. assets of the Islamist militants believed to be behind grisly mass killings across Nigeria’s northern region.

The label was also applied to Ansaru, a Boko Haram offshoot.

Boko Haram, which roughly translates as “Western education is forbidden,” has been linked to thousands of deaths since it launched a violent campaign against the government in 2009 in the mostly Muslim north. Last month, the Sunni militant group was linked to the killings of 19 motorists who were stopped along a highway under the guise of a military checkpoint. Weeks earlier, Boko Haram militants reportedly killed up to 50 students at an agricultural college because the academic institution clashed with the fundamentalists’ values.

The Nigerian government has waged a lengthy and often brutal anti-insurgency effort that has gained traction in recent months. But U.S. observers have raised concerns over the group’s influence and its potential to link up with al-Qaeda’s North African wing or Somalia’s al-Shabab, the group behind the massacre at Nairobi’s Westgate Mall in September.

“These designations demonstrate our strong support for Nigeria’s fight against terrorism and its efforts to address security challenges in the north,” Lisa Monaco, assistant to the President for homeland security and counterterrorism, said in a statement.

140 comments
Ryan J. Farrick
Ryan J. Farrick

Where's her source, Anthony? The Project for the New American Century is the name of a dead right-wing think-tank, not a website or conspiracy file.

Nixy Pacheco
Nixy Pacheco

What about its domestic terrorists? America should fix themselves first before tryin to fix others.

Hassan Tijjani
Hassan Tijjani

Sure they hv oil,it is Boko Haram in Nigeria and pple that hv neva seen drones b4 r afraid that they will start seeing em often.

Ezeh Lawrence Chukwuebuka
Ezeh Lawrence Chukwuebuka

Nonesense then come 2 our country and find them. If possible send ur Drones. But don't temper on our natural resources...

Brad Lynds
Brad Lynds

Terrorist's labelling terrorist's joke

Anthony Miller
Anthony Miller

If you're asking if Nigeria has oil... yes, and they've had it for a while, and int'l companies have been all over it for a while there. And if you're ignoring the crimes of Boko Haram against its own people...then yes, you are in fact, an idiot. As for Laurie, Ryan, she did cite her source...*singular.

Marco Weber
Marco Weber

haha :D love the headline "the u.s. labeled.." oh, so the u.s. is now some sort of rating agency for terrorist groups? guess the ones with oil or gold get rated AAA ;)

Pretty Bones Jackson
Pretty Bones Jackson

They don't actually belong to Nigeria just to clarify. They seem to according to news sources operate in the region as it it might seem like, using the word, high profile target and its participants come from dispersed sources in sub Saharan Africa. I am not an expert on these things but I am going to have a filthy stab in the dark there are many foreign policy agendas stuck to this label. God bless Nigeria.

Jonas Cardoso de Aguiar
Jonas Cardoso de Aguiar

The harm is small find that to be different is considered large. USA is a world power and has always looked for peace. Even before the attacks of September 11 remained inert and only sought terrorist leader rather than a war. These governments in the East dictators must end! We must fight for democracy from those who can not afford to fight because they are poor and they are few. Obama want a friend in Brazil intervention to arrest the thieves and corrupt politicians.https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=440025269443080&set=a.257980104314265.49913.254329351346007&type=1&relevant_count=1&ref=nf

Craig Page
Craig Page

It takes awhile to get on the NSA's $h*t list.

Robert J. Williamson
Robert J. Williamson

The USA military? They have killed a thousand time more innocent civilians in the last ten years than all terror groups put together.

RJWinUK
RJWinUK

I was hoping it would be the US military. Responsible for the murder of half a million people over the last ten years in illegal wars that they stated for profit. 

Jonathan Stark
Jonathan Stark

as long as there is the united states marine corps. there will be a terriorist organization to fight muzzle to muzzle with and i know who will win the USMC Oh Raa

Davis Phiri
Davis Phiri

Once u oppose US opp ressive foreign policie s u a labelled a terrori st

Didem Aydogan
Didem Aydogan

el maco kuco usa is a terrorist itself ,by drilling by the poles because of oil

Jonathan Stark
Jonathan Stark

yall all are wrong. but one thing is for sure each country labels other countries as terrorist. Israel vs Iran. Russia vs Germany. the United States vs Japan. all those acts of war were all acts of terror. but how each individual country looks at it. is the finding their own meaning of terrorism. United Staes just labels Muslims as terriorist. and they label us the same. but it is all justified in free will.

Mârìõ Gøhìll
Mârìõ Gøhìll

List of Terrorist organizations 1. CIA 2. NSA 3. US army and policy makers 4. Mossad 5. Isreal Government 6. MI6 7. UK government 8. NATO

Jeanine Ross
Jeanine Ross

The United States? Which has funded terrorist acts against other legitimate Governments (in the Middle East) since the 1950's? Which funded the "School of the Americas" in the United States that Terrorized many South American Countries in the 1980's and even killed Priests and nuns? Gee I hope the NSA isn't tracking this or I might get tossed in Git-mo without be benefit of a trial. Isn't that what we are headed for?

Sarah Beth
Sarah Beth

Please be the Westboro Baptist Church, please be the Westboro Baptist Church, please be the Westboro Baptist Church...

Amazon Panda
Amazon Panda

There is always a need for laws and order to sustain a country. That's why government is need in the 1st place.

Giaanfranco Nostradamus Shaft Mabaso
Giaanfranco Nostradamus Shaft Mabaso

If u leave in a country that's making a progress n is about 2 generate more money via own production than the US, your country is labeled a GROUP of TERRORISTS *only by the US* in order to take over what u have by force.. US are the world's no#1 enermy so that makes them the real TERRORISTS

Adam Benner
Adam Benner

Prepping to continue his "secret" war in Africa