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ISIS tries wooing protesters, evolving its social media campaigns

By: Michael Hatamoto | Posted: Dec 25, 2014 @ 3:01 CST

Casualties of ISIS fighters in Iraq and Syria continue to pile up, so the Islamic extremist group is increasing its social media recruitment efforts. In its most recent campaign to attract westerners, ISIS wants angry protesters in Ferguson, Missouri to join efforts to cause chaos.


"Hey blacks, ISIS will save you," with the group using the hashtags #IslamicState, #Ferguson and #Coming. Of course, ISIS wants the criminals and troublemakers, hoping to entice them to spread destruction across the country.

"We received intelligence reports for law enforcement showing actual tweets ISIS was putting out encouraging Americans to join the people who were burning down buildings in Ferguson to engage that kind of conduct across America," said Sean Cox, FBI special agent in charge of the Springfield, Illinois region, in a statement to the media.

It's unknown if the latest ISIS campaign was successful - but shows how the group wants to spread propaganda and appeal to confused and vulnerable people. Trying to find a lone wolf in the United States, willing to carry out attacks on the group's behalf, would be a major victory - and a significant threat - to the American people, security experts warn.

(Image courtesy of Business Insider)

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