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Its main battlegrounds are far away and its true influence hard to judge, but the black banner of ISIS is attracting the attention of jihadis in Africa, particularly in Nigeria.ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's so-called caliphate is based in Syria and Iraq and draws most of its recruits from the Middle East, North Africa and Europe's immigrant communities.Outside observers see the influence of ISIS in the tactics, rhetoric and even online media presence of the Boko Haram rebels of northeast Nigeria and neighboring border areas.Just as ISIS has adopted the trappings of a state on its territory, a first stage in its goal of uniting Muslim lands under its jihadi banner, Boko Haram is moving on from raids to holding ground.Ex-CIA officer Michael Shurkin, now with the Rand Corporation, said the ISIS state-building agenda would win more support in Africa than Al-Qaeda's bombing campaigns.
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