The Virtual Caliphate | Counter Extremism Project

From the time a few hundred ISIS fighters first swept across the desert and captured Mosul in 2014, the group’s success owed as much to marketing and media savvy as to battlefield victories. ISIS continues to produce  slick propaganda videos, most horrendously violent. The videos, and relentless hate-filled messaging, continues to be broadcast day and night over the Internet and on social media platforms in many languages, and is echoed by thousands of supporters and recruiters. This 21st Century media machine has always been ISIS’s backbone and why it was able to entice more than 30,000 men and women from 100 countries, including America, to join.


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