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What does the fall of Afghanistan mean to Nigeria’s Islamists?

By Dele Yusuf
Posted on Monday, 23 August 2021 12:36

Taliban fighters stand guard on their side while people wait to cross at a border crossing point between Pakistan and Afghanistan, in Torkham, in Khyber district, Pakistan, Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Muhammad Sajjad)

After two decades of war and thousands of lives lost in US-led efforts to enthrone democracy in Afghanistan, the Taliban is back in power. Behind the horrific scenes of thousands trying to flee Taliban rule, there are growing questions - and concerns - on what the return of the rebels could mean for Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) extremists, now well established in Nigeria and the Lake Chad region. A morale boost? Or something more?

After they were supposedly crushed by US-led forces in 2001 in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, a stronger Taliban re-emerged and took back Afghanistan in just 10 days, vowing to restore an Islamic emirate in Afghanistan.