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Abu Musab al-Barnawi

Born: 1991; alt. 1990; alt. 1992; alt. 1993; alt. 1994; alt. 1995;

Address: Nigeria;

Known also as: Habib Yusuf.


In March 2015, ISIS proudly trumpeted Boko Haram’s decision to join Baghdadi’s global network. Shortly after Boko Haram leader Abu Bakr Shekau swore his fealty to Baghdadi, ISIS spokesman Abu Muhammad al Adnani welcomed Shekau and his men into the fold. Boko Haram was then rebranded as the Islamic State’s West Africa ‘province’ (ISWA).

Just over a year later, in August 2016, a leadership dispute erupted in public after ISIS publicly named Abu Musab al-Barnawi as the new head of ISWA. It seems that Shekau’s erratic ways were too much even for ISIS.

Al-Barnawi, is the son of Boko Haram founder Mohammed Yusuf and also Boko Haram’s former spokesman, leads one of the factions. Under his leadership, ISWA has carried out numerous attacks in Nigeria and the Lake Chad region.

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