Monday,12 November, 2018
Current issue | Issue 1234, (19 - 25 February 2015)
Monday,12 November, 2018
Issue 1234, (19 - 25 February 2015)

Ahram Weekly

Islamic State propaganda

The Islamic State (IS) group uses the Internet to spread its ideas and publicise its atrocities. Through Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, the terrorist outfit posts material that is later circulated by supporters on social media forums.

The most common media outlets for ISIS are:

•http://nasher.me/: This site provides a platform for users to store texts and images and share them with friends on Facebook or Twitter. It features an easy text editor with a variety of colours and fonts as well as storage for images and videos. The site says it is still in soft opening phase and is not responsible for the content of the material its users post.

•http://manbar.me/: This site offers the same services as the above and is also open to the general public.

•http://justpaste.it: This site is similar to the two previous ones, and IS has used it to post news of its operations in Libya.

•The Al-Furqan Media Foundation: This is the media arm of IS in Iraq and Syria. It is run by Saudi national Nasser Al-Ghamedi and is based in Syria. The Iraq headquarters of the foundation was dismantled in 2010.

•The Dabiq magazine: This is the official publication of IS of which seven editions have been produced so far, the latest on 12 February. This contained the group’s claim of responsibility for the abduction of 21 Egyptians in Sirte and for the attack on the Hotel Corinthia in Tripoli on 27 June. The name of the magazine refers to the town of Dabiq in Syria, the site of a major battle in early Islam. Dabiq publishes material urging war against the West, but uses the latest Western techniques in production and printing.

•The Al-Hayat Centre for media: This is the latest IS media arm through which it transmitted the video showing the slaying of the Egyptians abducted in Sirte.

•IS also depends on its supporters to circulate propaganda material. One of its best-known propagandists is Abu Osama Al-Barqawi, who uses the Twitter address @gsg999h.

It should be noted that the media facilities of IS in Libya are also used by Ansar Al-Sharia, indicating a measure of coordination between the two outfits.

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