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Western world wants to combat Islamic State on battlefield, Internet

The western world has struggled to combat the Islamic State, but the battle is heading online, where IS has largely succeeded.

Published Thu, Oct 9 2014 6:15 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Jun 16 2020 4:29 PM CDT

As the battle against the Islamic State (IS) rages on in Iraq and Syria, government officials hope to begin battling the extremist group where they have excelled: the Internet. Unlike the Taliban and Al Qaida before it, IS has successfully used social media outlets to spread its message, while also reaching curious observers. Twitter and other social media networks are working to remove official IS accounts, but many other accounts have popped up.

Western world wants to combat Islamic State on battlefield, Internet | TweakTown.com

"This is the most socially-mediated conflict in history," said Shiraz Maher, from the Kings College London. "You literally have thousands of foreign fighters from all over the world using social media in order to convey the message about the jihad that they are fighting."

In addition to spreading messages of jihad, the Islamic State has successfully recruited new members - and spread propaganda - largely catching intelligence officers unaware of the Internet strategy.

NEWS SOURCES:bbc.com, todayonline.com

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