Although ISIS in Iraq captures world headlines, the situation is just as bad or worse in the states in Northeast Nigeria where Boko Haram has declared an Islamic caliphate. NBC News stated on December 6 that Boko Haram had taken more than 10,000 lives in the last 12 months, a rate of violence comparable to ISIS in Iraq. It was noted that the Nigerian death statistics are likely understated, due to a lack of access and transparency.

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