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Published On: Mon, May 26th, 2014

Trent Franks notes how Hillary Clinton wouldn’t call Boko Haram a ‘terrorist group’

Arizona Congressman Trent Franks spoke early this week on the House floor, after his amendment intended to counteract Boko Haram’s increasingly violent and destabilizing influence in Nigeria and surrounding regions.

Most noteworthy was Franks reminding Congress that former Secretary of State and likely 2016 Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton would not label the group a terrorist organization.

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“…for some time it’s been known these groups have extensive links between Boko Haram and Al-Qaeda affiliates. Yet, despite my multiple pleas two years ago to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, she would not even consider acknowledging Boko Haram’s religious ideology and list them as a foreign terrorist organization.”

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s team dismissed the idea on the theory that the organization was not motivated by religion.

“This religious tension, while real, should not be mistaken as the primary source of violence in Nigeria,” David Adams, assistant secretary of legislative affairs, wrote to Congress in an Oct. 4, 2012 letter. “Similar to the United States, Nigeria’s religious diversity is a source of strength, with communities working across religious lines to protect one another.”

The official response from State was that Boko Haram attacked Christians to instigate a response which could then be used as a recruiting tool.

“Attacks in the north, however, are likely to continue until the Nigerian government counters Boko Haram through a comprehensive, whole of government strategy, which takes into account the legitimate social, political, judicial, and economic grievances of northern populations and addresses retaliatory security force abuses,” Adams wrote in that Oct. 4 letter.

Full transcript:

“Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

“Mr. Speaker, last night, the House passed an amendment encouraging our regional partners and allies to develop an interagency strategy to counter the vicious terror attacks perpetrated by Boko Haram. Boko Haram is the terrorist group that recently kidnapped over 300 innocent Nigerian girls. Mr. Speaker, it is impossible for any of us to imagine the fear and heartbreak these children and their families are experiencing.

“Now, for some time it’s been known these groups have extensive links between Boko Haram and Al-Qaeda affiliates. Yet, despite my multiple pleas two years ago to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, she would not even consider acknowledging Boko Haram’s religious ideology and list them as a foreign terrorist organization.

“Boko Haram is stronger today than ever before. This Islamist group continues their rampage of terror because the administration, this administration, as they have so many times before, refused to look at the facts as they were. I hope now we will face Boko Haram for the terrorist group that it is, and defeat it, and somehow bring these innocent young girls home. I yield back.”

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  1. Julius says:

    I hope Hilary Clinton will realize that she is not fit to be a leader. Do you still are convinced Mrs. Hilary Clinton that Boko Haram is not a terror organization ?

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