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Topic - Ansaru
Vanguard for the Protection of Muslims in Black Africa (Jama’atu Ansaril Muslimina fi Biladis Sudan), better known as Ansaru is an Islamist jihadist militant organisation based in the northeast of Nigeria. It is an offshoot of the larger Boko Haram organisation, founded in January 2012, and reportedly has more of an international focus than the latter. - Source: Wikipedia
U.S. authorities officially has designated the shadowy Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram as a terrorist organization, ending what has been a heated debate in the past year within the State Department on the status of the group, which is believed to have ties to al Qaeda affiliates in Africa.
Nigeria is rich in oil and plagued by ethnic violence, but the U.S. ambassador there praises "diversity," not energy, as the West African nation's "greatest asset."