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This paper is written in the context of my internship with the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT), Herzliya. It seeks to provide an overview and updated picture of Boko Haram, mostly focusing on their activities in the last five years. With regards to Boko Haram’s split with ISWAP in 2016, this paper concentrates on the original faction remaining under the command of Shekau. However, the differentiation between the different Boko Haram factions in research, news articles and data sets is not always clear-cut, which might have led to a certain amount of “contamination” of the material this paper is based on.
Instructor: Dr. Liram-Koblentz-Stenzler