The leader of the Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram says his forces are beating back a military offensive aimed at stopping the group's four-year insurgency.
In a video released to news agencies, Boko Haram chief Abubakar Shekau said Nigerian soldiers encountering militants have run away and thrown down their arms in flight.
Shekau called on like-minded Islamists in Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Syria to join the fight to create an Islamic state in Nigeria.
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