DH-077: A Time to Tweet, as Well as a Time to Kill: ISIS’s Projection of Power in Iraq and Syria

Cover for DH 77By Heather Marie Vitale and James M. Keagle

 

The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) uses a combination of intimidation, military might, and digital propaganda to project power militarily, economically, politically, and informationally. ISIS runs a sophisticated and multi-dimensional social media campaign, exploiting it as a weapon of war to intimidate, spread official messages, recruit, fundraise, network, and justify its gruesome acts. The United States needs to develop a comprehensive digital strategy that is slicker, faster, and more nimble than ISIS’s to fight the insurgency.

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