AFRICA NEW JIHADIST BATTLEGROUND

ISIS Affiliates Turning Africa into New Jihadist Battleground.

Steve Killelea tracks terror around the globe for the Australia-based Institute for Economics and Peace. He tells CBN News that the center of gravity for ISIS and other Islamic terror organizations is clearly moving.

“Sub-Saharan Africa now has a higher number of people killed through terrorism than in the Middle East and North Africa,” Killelea, told CBN News from his office in Sydney, Australia.

“When we look at the ten countries with the largest increases in deaths from terrorism, seven of those countries are in sub-Saharan Africa,” said Killelea. Burkina Faso, Mozambique, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali, Niger, Cameroon, and Ethiopia are among those witnessing a spike in attacks this year.

The State Department’s head for counter-terrorism, Ambassador Nathan Sales, telling reporters during a digital press conference what it is that drives this wave of terror, whether in Nigeria or Mozambique.

“What we are seeing today is a committed ISIS affiliate that embraces the ISIS ideology, that embraces the ISIS tactics and procedures, that embraces the ISIS vision of caliphate with territorial control,” noted Ambassador Sales.

“Nigeria is where the most lethal and most active external Islamic State province is located,” Jacob Zenn, Africa analyst for Jamestown Foundation, told CBN News. I reported on it in my recent post, Last Days Tribulation where I suggest the fact Muslims are expecting their Messiah to burst on the world scene shortly could be linked to the prophesied “end times” Biblical Antichrist.

Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau, now Africa’s Most Wanted man, wants to turn Nigeria Islamic, and force Christians, half its population, to either leave, convert to Islam or die.

“This is the most important country in Africa, the 10th largest oil reserves in the world, {and} the largest economy on the continent,” said Johnnie Moore, co-author of the new book, The Next Jihad. Moore told CBN News that what’s happening in Nigeria is nothing short of Christian genocide. “It’s the exact same playbook that ISIS used against Christians and Yazidis in Iraq. In fact, you might say that Boko Haram was the test case even before ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Boko Haram was already killing more people, Christians in fact than ISIS did at their height in Iraq and Syria.”

Twenty five active Islamist groups now operate on the continent. That’s up from just five to ten years ago.

This story was first published on CBNNews.com