Skip to comments.ISIL's second front: How the militant outfit is taking on social media
Posted on 06/24/2014 3:29:44 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Baghdad: Supporters of a powerful jihadist group are waging an online propaganda war in concert with its battles on the ground in Iraq, where Sunni militants have overrun swathes of the country.
For militant groups, the fight over public perception can be even more important than actual combat, turning military losses into propaganda victories and battlefield successes into powerful tools to build support for the cause.
The offensive, led by jihadists from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) but involving other Sunni groups as well, swept down from northern Iraq, overrunning major areas of five provinces and reaching less than 100 kilometres (60 miles) from Baghdad.
As the militants advanced on the ground, they also did so on microblogging site Twitter, where users posted a near-constant stream of updates and photos.
"They put not just other insurgent groups to shame, but even legitimate companies that are trying to sell products online," Aaron Zelin of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy said of ISIL's public relations efforts.
"They are very, very good."(continued)
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They can tweet the beheadings. “Your head has been tagged in a photo!”
ISIL, FISal, Power of Isis....
One of their T-shirts is actually pretty cool.