by Florian Flade
Al-Qaeda in Iraq, under the label of the umbrella organization „Islamic State of Iraq“ recently released the 8th part of its propaganda video series „Knights Of Martyrdom“ featuring suicide bombings in Iraq.
This time, al-Qaeda seems to have dedicated the propaganda piece in support of the Nigerian Islamist movement Boko Haram which was victim of a government´s crackdown in 2009. Hundreds of Islamist activists, including Boko Haram leader, were killed by government troops after violent clashes broke out between Muslims and Christians in Nigeria´s North. Boko Haram, a organization described by some as the „Taliban of Nigeria“, were not entirely defeated by the Nigerian government and a resurge in their militant activities can be observed in recent weeks as an increasing number of Nigerian policemen were shot dead by Boko Haram militants.
Al Jazeera footage of Nigerian troops executing alleged Boko Haram members is included in the new al-Qaeda in Iraq video as well as a mention of the Swiss ban on minarets imposed in November 2009.
Three suicide bombers are featured in the newest „Knight Of Martyrdom“ tape, two of them are Saudis Arabs (Abu Habeeb and Abu Nassir), one militant (Abu al-Baraa) is an Iraqi.