Abu Musab al-Barnawi also known as Habib Yusuf was an Islamic militant. He was the former leader of Islamic State – West Africa Province (ISWAP) and the son of Mohammed Yusuf, the founder of Boko Haram. Abu Musab al-Barnawi was born in 1994.
Abu Musab al-Barnawi started his career as an Islamic militant with Boko Haram.
In 2015, Abu Musab al-Barnawi released a propaganda as the spokesperson of Boko Haram terrorist group. He pledged Allegiance to global terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
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Following the emergency of Islamic State – West Africa Province (ISWAP), Abu Musab al-Barnawi was appointed the commander and leader in August 2016.
In February 2018, Abu Musab al-Barnawi was shortlisted by the United States Office of Foreign Assets Control as a Special Designated National’.
In 2019, he was rumored to be appointed the governor of ISWAP. However, there was no confirmation to the rumor. There were claims that he has been overthrown.
Abu Musab al-Barnawi was reappointed by the ISIL’s central command as “caretaker” leader of ISWAP. He commanded the Wilayat Gharb Afriqiya.
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As the overall commander of ISWAP, Abu Musab al-Barnawi attacked and overun Sambisa Forest.
In August 2021, Abu Musab al-Barnawi was reported to have been killed by the Nigerian Army in a gun battle or as a result of power tussle within the ISWAP camp.
Abu Musab al-Barnawi is the eldest surviving son of Mohammed Yusuf. He is a Muslim