The Islamists have been using such images on the Internet to boast about their success. The group's supporters as well as its opponents can now immerse themselves in the horrific world of jihad via Instagram, YouTube and Twitter. From the very start of its campaign against the Iraqi capital Baghdad, a live ticker has been providing anyone interested with a minute-by-minute account of supposed battle successes, looting and executions. The purpose of the media offensive on social networks is to motivate supporters and serve as a warning to adversaries in areas not yet conquered.
This development can be traced back to the Iraqi arm of al-Qaida, which professionalised its media work in All activities were filmed and photographed and subsequently processed by the group's media department.
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ISIS is particularly active on the short message service Twitter. The Islamists use a number of accounts to spread Arab hashtags, often bearing the names of martyrs, in an attempt to create, as it were, its own universe. ISIS even has its own app. Musharbash speaks of an extremely powerful propaganda machine. On 11 May this year, when the terrorists captured the Iraqi city of Mosul, which has a population of over a million, more than 40, Tweets were sent using this app. In late June, the people who run Twitter became aware of these activities and blocked around three quarters of the accounts held by ISIS.
The app is now no longer available. To date, the organisation has been unable to provide alternative addresses for the service. According to Musharbash, the Islamists and their supporters communicate with each other not only via Twitter but also via jihadist websites. They are not happy that some of their fighters are constantly present on social networks. With the help of its sophisticated PR strategy on the Internet, the organisation has attracted sympathisers to its cause worldwide. Musharbash estimates the numbers of those emotionally supporting the jihadists to be in the thousands to tens of thousands.
And this is exactly what ISIS wants to achieve. With public support on Facebook, YouTube and other social media platforms, they are attempting to create their own corporate identity. This is what they are working on. It remains to be seen whether this also applies to the images that have recently been posted on Twitter and Instagram. They show photographs of young "holy warriors" in Syria and Iraq, and it is clear that considerable effort has gone into selecting photos and manipulating them with image-processing programmes.
For example, there is an image of a cat holding a weapon in its paws. A withered tree set on a hill of stones is portrayed in black and white. In the centre of the image sits a presumed Islamist, whose clothing and weapon are emphasised in colour. The terrorism expert Yassin Musharbash refers to such staged images as "Pop jihadism". It is rather a Western form of popular imagery filled with jihadist content. The media warfare being conducted by the Islamists had become too dangerous. In some regions, however, the blocked pages were still available because Internet access is in part provided by via satellite connection or directly via landlines to neighbouring countries.
It appears that even within the realm of the media, the Islamists cannot easily be held back.
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Skip to main content. The terrorist group ISIS which now refers to itself as Islamic State has been conducting a massive propaganda campaign via social networks on the Internet. In addition to intimidating opponents, the group wants to establish its own media brand. By Nastassja Steudel. Creating an online ISIS universe "The media communication work done by ISIS is by far the best of all groups within the jihadist movement," says the Islamic scholar Guido Steinberg in an interview with the "taz" newspaper. Philipp Breu hat sich dort I don't think that the war is about win or lose.
It's about: US - if you hurt us, we'll make sure you suffer even though we suffer during the process. Of course, we don't care about the real reason why you are trying to hurt us. The fact that you hurt us simply makes us so mad. You just can't do such thing to the greastest country through the entire history of the earth.
Them - if you suffer any how, that's all that really counts. So, let's keep going I grew up in Ireland before and during the Troubles. As Europeans shake our heads at what the Sunni and Shiite are doing to each other, yet our Christian castes waged war with great cruelty on each and Muslims for centuries. What makes these conflicts linger is far deeper than the immediate conflict itself.
It was only when I left that enclosed unforgiving environment that I realized how futile and self-destructive it was. Europeans have become involved in the middle east for a long time because of our own empirical and economic aspirations and we are paying the price for that.
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Why not learn on Russian experience? They couldn't win there, and they weren't as ceremonious as politically correct US forces. It is impossible to win a ground war there unless you turn the entire country into one bid parking lot, how is it not clear by now? Get the hell out of there! The United States - and all western "powers" - will not, and cannot wage and win guerilla warfare because there is simply not the public will to sacrifice the hundreds of thousands of lives of young men that would be required and the trillions of dollars in cost.
Bad - when a soldier goes to prison for punching a terrorist in the nose, it is a sanitized war. When the crucial combat decisions are made in Washington by corrupt politicians, whoes main concern are their kickbacks from military contracts, it is a sanitized war.
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You fight a war to kill the enemy, period. Not to bring a western-type democracy to savages who are years behind, and don't want to go any forward. I did'n give you an answer, but you already answered for me. Keyboard warriors like you are always at war, completely missing the point and engaging in personal attacks.
Even though I don't have to, I'll give you my answer which is "yes". Have you? Anybody who thinks the war in Afganistan was "sanitized" has never been to war, never been to Afghanistan and never spoken to a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, or spoke to a person that lived through the war in Afganistan. Over , people dead and you call this "sanitized". How dirty do you want it? Anybody who thinks that an argument on the internet is a "personal attack" has never been under attack.
You are a BS artist with the attitude of a coward. You're right behind the troops I'm done with you here. Vietnam was not won What does a "win" look like to cowards like you? You are the epitome of a coward. Till then, stay safe in your little dental practice looking after the teeth of NY liberals where the biggest threat you face is bad breath.
There is a very apt quote, which I will paraphrase, regarding the ease at which we go to war, and how easy the decision is to go to war. If I am prepared to go - and die - and I am prepared to send my son and my daughter to fight and if they die send my wife and my elderly parents to fight: then it is an easy decision to say yes. If I am not prepared to do that, I am not prepared to send others to their deaths for me. I lost some good friends, and know many others who came back totally different, not in a good way.
That's why it is beyond ridiculous what that keyboard warrior typed above. He totally missed the point what to die FOR!! Yes, I am ready to die to defend my family, my house and my Land, but I don't want to sacrifice a finger for someone's political ambitions or financial profit. So you are aware of the "unsanitized" Soviet war in Afghanistan - there was no "Russian Army" when you claimed to have served in the Soviet Army that also ended in humiliating retreat after the deaths of millions? NO war is sanitized.
That's an oxymoron, which is why I call BS on your claims to be a ex-soldier in the "Russian army". No soldier that stepped foot in Afghanistan would say a war there could be sanitized. Hundreds of thousands died in the aftermath of the US invasion. You're a Walter Mitty. A joke. You don't even know what a "win" in Afganistan would look like, yet claim to know how a win would be achieved Hey, have you been exposed to radiation for a long time while working with your nuclear materials by any chance?
When you are reading someone's comments and replying to them, try to use whatever left of your fried brains, not just your fingertips. Krass "Hey, have you been exposed to radiation for a long time while working with your nuclear materials by any chance?
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There was no "Russian Army" when you claimed to have served in it. No Soviet veteran worth their salt would have said so. Certainly no Soviet veteran that served during the Afghan War. You are a sad Walter Mitty. Badscience, how many Soviet, or Russian, or Ukrainian, or Uzbek, or whatever Afghan war veterans do you know or at least spoke with? You're a pathetic demagogue, typical keyboard warrior, picking on words and pretending to know everything about everything. Stop making a fool out of yourself, for God's sake, it's embarrassing.
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