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Jessica Chasmar

Jessica Chasmar

Jessica Chasmar is a continuous news writer for The Washington Times, covering topics on culture and politics. Originally from Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Jessica graduated from the University of Florida where she received a bachelor's degree in journalism and a master's degree in mass communication.

During her time at University of Florida, she worked as an associate editor for The Gainesville Sun and interned at Entercom Communications. In 2011, she was part of the start-up team for The Washington Times' digital aggregation product, Times247. She can be reached at jchasmar@washingtontimes.com.

Articles by Jessica Chasmar

Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau pledged support to al-Baghdadi's group in a video circulated in July, and has, in the months since, begun including the jihadi black banner as well as the Islamic State's de facto anthem, 'My Umma, Dawn has Arrived,' to "the musical repertoire on its videos," said Peter J. Pham, who heads the Africa Center at the Atlantic Council. (Associated Press)

Boko Haram pledges allegiance to Islamic State

Nigerian militant group Boko Haram has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State in a new audio message believed to be recorded by the group's leader, Abubakar Shekau. Published March 9, 2015