Boko Haram’s Split – Is the al-Barnawi faction as moderate as thought?
Since Boko Haram’s split in August 2016, the group’s faction led by Abubakar Shekau has received the largest share of media coverage, owing in large part to Shekau’s frequent release of propaganda videos. Yet the Abu Musab al-Barnawi faction has been as dangerous as Shekau’s, although its attacks have often been wrongly attributed to the Shekau faction. This document attempts to shed some light of the al-Barawi faction, by analyzing its recent attacks as well as its propaganda tactics and campaign to undermine its rival faction. The paper concludes by answering the question whether the Nigerian army and its allies have benefitted (or can benefit) from the Boko Haram’s split.