A Time to Tweet, as Well as a Time to Kill: ISIS’s Projection of Power in Iraq and Syria
By Heather Marie Vitale and James M. Keagle
Defense Horizons 77
Oct. 1, 2014 —
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- The Islamic State of Iraq and alSham (ISIS) uses a combination of intimidation, military might, and digital propaganda to project power militarily, economically, politically, and informationally.
- ISIS runs a sophisticated and multidimensional social media campaign, exploiting it as a weapon of war to intimidate, spread official messages, recruit, fundraise, network, and justify its gruesome acts.
- ISIS has been emboldened by the borderless nature of the region and the clash of religious and secular sub-identities in Iraq.
- The United States needs to develop a comprehensive digital strategy that is slicker, faster, and more nimble than ISIS’s to fight the insurgency.