Global reach of extremism
August 29, 2011
[AS welcome as the news is that another top al-Qa'ida leader has been killed in Pakistan, the optimism that the organisation really is on the ropes needs to be tempered by reality. The audacious suicide bombing of UN offices in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, demonstrates al-Qa'ida's stepped-up activities in Africa. Boko Haram, the extremist Islamic movement responsible for the bombing, is akin to the Taliban. It proclaims Western education and culture to be sinful.
With backing from within the 50.4 per cent of Nigeria's 156 million people who are Muslim, including, it is claimed, members of the security services, it has linked with North Africa's al-Qa'ida in the Mahgreb and the al-Qa'ida-allied al-Shabab movement in Somalia to fight for Sharia law and an absolutist Islamic state.]
More on the "extremism" (aka islam) at "The Australian"