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Boko Haram

Radical Islam in Africa

The horrific attack by Islamist al-Shabab fighters on a college campus in Kenya this month that left 149 people dead and scores wounded was an awful reminder that sub-Saharan Africa has become a major battleground in the war on terror. Until recently, the focus of the U.S. and its allies has been mainly on terrorist networks in the Middle East and South Asia such as al-Qaida and its offshoots. But the tentacles of radical Islam now stretch far beyond Afghanistan and Iraq to threaten the African countries that are home to nearly a fifth of the world's 1.2 billion Muslims. Unless extremist groups like the Somalia-based al-Shabab and Boko Haram in Nigeria are defeated, a human rights...