ISISs terrifying online propaganda

Zoq_Elia

Senator (1k+ posts)
Who is behind ISISs terrifying online propaganda operation? by Patrick Kingsley


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The Clanging of the Swords IV sounds like the latest in a series of Hollywood action movies. It looks like one, too. A feature-length film released online a few weeks ago, Swords IV includes a slow-motion bomb sequence reminiscent of The Hurt Locker, aerial footage that nods to Zero Dark Thirty, and scenes filmed through the crosshairs of a sniper rifle that wouldnt look out of place in a first-person shoot-em-up.

But Hollywood this is not. Perhaps surprisingly, The Clanging of the Swords IV is the work of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isis), the extremist jihadist group that has led the insurgency against the authoritarian Iraqi government in recent weeks, and which runs parts of northern Syria.
Isis want the people living in the lands they now control to return to the ultraconservative traditions that they claim the earliest Muslims lived by. Yet this regressive goal is accompanied by a hypermodern propaganda machine that sees Isiss sadistic attacks promoted by a slick social media operation, a specially designed app and well-made videos like The Clanging of the Swords IV.
When Isis stormed Iraqs second city of Mosul earlier this month, analysts say their propaganda made the fighting easier. In wars gone by, advancing armies smoothed their path with missiles. Isis did it with tweets and a movie.


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An Isis photograph on Facebook. Photograph: Vice

Thousands of their Twitter followers installed an app called the Dawn of Glad Tidings that allows Isis to use their accounts to send out centrally written updates. Released simultaneously, the messages swamp social media, giving Isis a far larger online reach than their own accounts would otherwise allow. The Dawn app pumps out news of Isis advances, gory images, or frightening videos like Swords IV creating the impression of a rampant and unstoppable force.

And it works, Iraqis say. When Isis stormed Mosul, Iraqi soldiers fled their posts, apparently aware that they would face a gruesome fate if they were captured while on duty.
The video was a message to Isiss enemies, says Abu Bakr al-Janabi, an Iraqi Isis supporter who moved to the EU recently because of the ban on social media sites in Iraq. He claims to have knowledge of the groups media operations. Its Isis saying to them: look what will happen to you if you cross our path. And it actually worked: a lot of soldiers deserted once they saw the black banners of Isis.
Zaid al-Ali, author of The Struggle for Iraqs Future, a book about contemporary Iraq published earlier this year, says it isnt clear how many people actually follow Isis on Twitter or Facebook. But the general impression Isis tries to convey of itself, this very violent and determined force making huge advances in Syria and Iraq that trickles through to the local population, says al-Ali. The image that they convey of themselves has convinced people in many parts of the country, and that [was] clearly a factor in encouraging people to leave their posts as Isis was advancing.

Isis and their followers tried a similar approach with Baghdad. As fears rose of an Isis assault on the Iraqi capital, Isis supporters stoked tensions by releasing a slick Photoshopped image of an Isis militant in Baghdad, overlaid with the words: Baghdad, we are coming. As JM Berger, an expert on extremism, wrote in The Atlantic: The volume of these tweets was enough to make any search for Baghdad on Twitter generate the image among its first results, which is certainly one means of intimidating the citys residents.

In fact, Isiss use of social media is so slick that it has made the group seem more powerful than it is. Coverage of its menacing online identity may have both obscured the role other Sunni groups have played in Iraqs insurgency and made opponents wrongly assume that Isis has all of Iraq within its grasp.

The fear about ISIS storming the capital is borne out of their social media campaign, not reality, says the Guardians Middle East correspondent, Martin Chulov, who is currently stationed in Baghdad. They dont have the manpower to do that.
Isiss media output is not all barbaric. Much of its propaganda is frightening: Swords IV showed Isiss captives literally digging their own graves, while on Twitter Isis has posted images of a cold-blooded massacre of Iraqi soldiers in Tikrit, Saddam Husseins hometown. But other Isis messaging focuses on its social activity photos of supporters bringing in the harvest, or delivering food shipments. Members recently distributed an earnest English-language newsletter a well-designed PDF since deleted from the internet documenting the often dull details of their community work.

If Isiss work seems planned and professional, thats because it is, says Abu Bakr al-Janabi, the Isis supporter in Iraq. According to al-Janabi, Isis runs centralised Twitter accounts that (when not banned by Twitters management) tweet official statements and news updates. Then there are provincial accounts for each province in which Isis is present which publish a live feed about [local] Isis operations.
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An Isis propaganda image.

The Dawn app was built by members of Isiss Palestinian affiliate, in consultation with leaders in Iraq and Syria, says al-Janabi. And the wider group also harbours trained designers. There are a lot of people in Isis who are good at Adobe applications InDesign, Photoshop, you name it. There are people who have had a professional career in graphic design, and [others] who are self-learnt.
Swords IV was made by professional film-makers, al-Janabi also claims and independent observers think he might be right. The official Isis operation released photos of them filming and its all on equipment that we use at Vice, says Vice journalist Aris Roussinos, who reports extensively on both jihadists and their online activity(warning: contains graphic images). Its high-quality equipment that theyre actually very technically skilled at using, in a way that the other rebels arent. Theyre also really good at Photoshop.

But while parts of Isiss messaging are centralised and run by professionals, its online strength is also derived from the participation of a large swath of independent actors. First, there is Isiss online fanclub: thousands of Isis supporters with no official role within the group who boost its brand by retweeting its hashtags, and translating its Arabic members messages for potential sympathisers in the west. Many of them make Photoshopped slogans to promote the group in fact, many of Isiss slick viral adverts come about this way, claims al-Janabi. The graphic design is mostly independent and done by individuals. For example, that picture that said Baghdad, we are coming nobody asked [its creators] to do it, but they did it anyway.
And then there are the Isis militants themselves. They tweet about their experiences in the field, and publish their own private pictures sometimes gory images of severed heads, sometimes mundane snaps of food and cats often to appreciative audiences.
My first time! writes one British jihadi underneath a Facebook photograph of his bloodied hand apparently after killing an opponent. First of many, responds one friend. Mabrook, says another: congratulations.
Others use their Instagram accounts to post well-polished pro-jihad slogans that are aimed at, and seemingly appreciated by, a western viewership. You only die once, reads one image that attracted 72 likes on Instagram. Why not make it martyrdom?

It is this kind of social media usage that points to the third goal of Isiss propaganda war. While Isiss Twitter presence first and foremost serves to frighten its enemies in Iraq and Syria, and to inform its members there, it may also help Isis expand its brand among jihadis outside of the Middle East. Nominally an offshoot of al-Qaida, Isis has been disowned by its parent organisation. As a result, it is now in active competition with al-Qaidas approved affiliate in Syria, Jabhat al-Nusra, as well as al-Qaida franchises across the world.

Part of the purpose of Isiss social media activity is definitely to scare people, says Aymenn Al-Tamimi, a fellow at the Middle East Forum, a US think-tank. But also its to give Isis greater prominence in wider media coverage. It becomes a kind of recruitment tool in the competition with al-Qaida in terms of leading the global jihad brand, and of winning the support of jihadis worldwide. In some ways theyve won the battle: most of the foreign fighters who go to Syria join Isis. But around the world, it hasnt been definitively won one way or the other. Ansar al-Sharia in Tunisia and Libya tend to be pro-Isis. But then you have the al-Qaida affiliates in Somalia which are clearly siding with al-Qaida.

Isis is by no means the only jihadist group that uses the internet to its advantage. Jabhat al-Nusra also has a network of provincial tweeters, apparently inspired by Isis. An al-Qaida affiliate in Yemen recently released a video of their actions that they edited to seem like a first-person shooting game. In Egypt, the dominant terrorist threat the al-Qaida-linked Ansar Beit al-Maqdis (ABM) regularly release videos explaining how they carried out certain attacks, and their output is occasionally tinged with a sense of humour. When Egypts police claimed to have killed an ABM leader this year, the group quickly released a photograph of the allegedly dead man reading a report about his assassination.
But analysts reckon no other group has as sophisticated a grasp of social media as Isis. Members of one of Isiss main Sunni rivals in Iraq the Baath party-linked Naqshbandi are more likely to upload their leaders speeches to YouTube, and I dont think anybody pays any attention to that stuff, says Zaid al-Ali, the author. Over the border in Syria, Jabhat al-Nusra has a more nuanced approach, and may even have similar numbers of online supporters. But when JM Berger analysed their respective performances in February, he discovered that Isis-linked hashtags received up to four times as many mentions as those promoting Jabhat al-Nusra.
Jabhat al-Nusra have been outclassed and outcompeted by Isis on every level on the battlefield, and in the battle of media operations, concludes Vices Aris Roussinos. Either theyve got fewer resources or theyre less in tune with the modern world in a way that Isis doesnt seem to be.

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hans

Banned
Why not show pictures of isis burned out bodies too.

U know in the last two weeks ur kind have lost lot of men. And all of them dead been raped by iblis.

U know to show these photos ur kind lost more than what ur kind gained.


Ur days as a nation r numbered.

That's another though u should be playing with.
 

mehwish_ali

Chief Minister (5k+ posts)
Ager Samjny main kuch mushkil ho rahi hay tooo,heres a video ! What IS got from TABQA Air Base in Syria.


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Mechanical Monster

Senator (1k+ posts)
“for each province in which Isis is present – which publish a live feed about [local] Isis operations.”
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An Isis propaganda image.

مجھے لگتا ہے کہ دجال اپنے ساتھ جو جنت اور دوزح لئے پھرے گا یہ ووہی جنت ہے.
 

Amiable_Flame

MPA (400+ posts)
After reading all this, i am confused, are you guys supporting these ISIS dogs ? and if you are, can you please tell WHY? and really if you are then i can see horrible future of Pakistan. Please explain, Thanks
 

Freemedia

Politcal Worker (100+ posts)
After reading all this, i am confused, are you guys supporting these ISIS dogs ? and if you are, can you please tell WHY? and really if you are then i can see horrible future of Pakistan. Please explain, Thanks

تمہارا تو بنیاد ہی جھوٹ ہے اس فورم پر تم لوگوں نے خلافت اسلامیہ کے خلاف کتنا جھوٹا پروپیگنڈا کیا کہ مجاہدین امریکا اور اسرائیل کے ایجنٹ ہیں مگر ساری دنیا نے دیکھا کے امریکا، ایران، مالکی کے شیعہ ملیشیا،اور اسرائیل کے لے پالک کرد ایک صف میں ہیں اور مجاہدین صرف الله کے بھروسے پر مخالف صف میں دجالی طاقتوں سے نبرد آزما ہیں
 

Amiable_Flame

MPA (400+ posts)
تمہارا تو بنیاد ہی جھوٹ ہے اس فورم پر تم لوگوں نے خلافت اسلامیہ کے خلاف کتنا جھوٹا پروپیگنڈا کیا کہ مجاہدین امریکا اور اسرائیل کے ایجنٹ ہیں مگر ساری دنیا نے دیکھا کے امریکا، ایران، مالکی کے شیعہ ملیشیا،اور اسرائیل کے لے پالک کرد ایک صف میں ہیں اور مجاہدین صرف الله کے بھروسے پر مخالف صف میں دجالی طاقتوں سے نبرد آزما ہیں


Achha kon si dajjali taktain? zara elaborate kero ? Sirf kahaniyan gharnay se khilafat e islamia nahin banti.. Khilafat e islamia k kuch asool hotay hain. Ager ye Mujahdeen hain or sirf ALLAH k bharoosay pe jehad kertay hain to ye Israel k khilaf kiyon nahin lar rahay ? balkeh sirya iraq main Muslims ko hi kiyon katal kari ja rahay hain?

Kiyon shia ko wajab ul katal samajhtay ho, pehlay asal dushmano ko khatam ker lo .. asal jehad un k khilaf hay .. apnay hi bhaiyon ko marna tum jaise logon ko zaroor jahanum main le jae ga .

Shia kuch bhi hon .. wo kalma go to hain. Baki shariati ikhtafat ko sunni or berelvi or wahabi sabbh main hain. Baki amal ka ALLAH k haan faisala ho ga ..

Koi Logic do, koi daleel do .. k ye ISIS walay sahi log hain. Logon ko kitar main khara ker k katal kie jana .. kahan ki khilafat e islamia hay ? Islam aise katal ka hukam kahan deta hay.

Ager koi daleel ki baat hay to batao .. warna .. bilawaja ka fitna na phailao .Thanks
 

Rooh-e-Safar

Senator (1k+ posts)
Achha kon si dajjali taktain? zara elaborate kero ? Sirf kahaniyan gharnay se khilafat e islamia nahin banti.. Khilafat e islamia k kuch asool hotay hain.
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Ager ye Mujahdeen hain or sirf ALLAH k bharoosay pe jehad kertay hain to ye Israel k khilaf kiyon nahin lar rahay ? Border with Israel is not in IS control yet. JN protect the Golan border from the expansion of the IS. On the border, JN members does not dare to launch an assault against the Jews
balkeh sirya iraq main Muslims ko hi kiyon katal kari ja rahay hain? IS ne Musalmano ka nhi bal keh un faujion ka khaun kia hey jo Maliki, USA, aur Assad ki tarf se lar rhe hein aur lakhon sunni musalmano k qatl-e-aam aur aurton ki asmatdari k zimmedar hein. Aaj bhi yeh forces rozana civilians per bombing ker k aurton aur bachon ko qatl aur maazor ker rhi hein mager IS k mukhalifon ki taraf se is qatl-e-aam per kabhi ek awaz nhi aati, haan in qatilon k qatl per sub daharein maar maar ker rote hein.

Kiyon shia ko wajab ul katal samajhtay ho, pehlay asal dushmano ko khatam ker lo .. asal jehad un k khilaf hay .. apnay hi bhaiyon ko marna tum jaise logon ko zaroor jahanum main le jae ga .

Shia kuch bhi hon .. wo kalma go to hain. Baki shariati ikhtafat ko sunni or berelvi or wahabi sabbh main hain. Baki amal ka ALLAH k haan faisala ho ga ..
Shia Tauheen Risalat, Tauheen Ashab Rasool SAW, Tauheen Ummhat ul momineen ko apna mazhab samjhte hein aur Quran k munkir hein. Aur lakhon musalmano k qatl k zimmedaar hein. inhon ne aaj tak jo bhi jang ki hey, musalmano k khilaf ki hey. aur hamesha Islam dushman taqaton se ittehad kia hey chahe woh Halako Khan ho ya USA. koi tumhari maan k kirdar per ungli uthae tu us ki tu tum jaan le lo ge aur Rasool Allah SAW ki sab se piyari biwi Amman Ayesha RA k character per yeh shia keecher uchalein tu tum in ko gale lago gey.. Wah. Is k bawajood IS ne kisi shi'a civilian ko shia hone ki wajah se nhi maara balk jang mein fauj ki tarf se larne per mara hey

Koi Logic do, koi daleel do .. k ye ISIS walay sahi log hain. Logon ko kitar main khara ker k katal kie jana .. kahan ki khilafat e islamia hay ? Islam aise katal ka hukam kahan deta hay. Islam aise katal ka hukm quran mein deta hey aur Allah SWT k is hukm ko Rasool Allah SAW ne ker k dikhaya hey
Surah Anfal – ayah 67
Surat Al-Mā'idah: Ayah 33
Surah Mohammad – ayah 4
Is k ilawa seerat nabwi mein ghazwat k haalaat parho tu khud pata chal jaey ga k Allah k khilaf larne walon se kia sulook kerne ka hukm dia gya hey
Ager koi daleel ki baat hay to batao .. warna .. bilawaja ka fitna na phailao .Thanks
Pls don't fall to the evil propaganda against IS
 
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PahariShikra

Politcal Worker (100+ posts)
Achha kon si dajjali taktain? zara elaborate kero ? Sirf kahaniyan gharnay se khilafat e islamia nahin banti.. Khilafat e islamia k kuch asool hotay hain. Ager ye Mujahdeen hain or sirf ALLAH k bharoosay pe jehad kertay hain to ye Israel k khilaf kiyon nahin lar rahay ? balkeh sirya iraq main Muslims ko hi kiyon katal kari ja rahay hain?

Kiyon shia ko wajab ul katal samajhtay ho, pehlay asal dushmano ko khatam ker lo .. asal jehad un k khilaf hay .. apnay hi bhaiyon ko marna tum jaise logon ko zaroor jahanum main le jae ga .

Shia kuch bhi hon .. wo kalma go to hain. Baki shariati ikhtafat ko sunni or berelvi or wahabi sabbh main hain. Baki amal ka ALLAH k haan faisala ho ga ..

Koi Logic do, koi daleel do .. k ye ISIS walay sahi log hain. Logon ko kitar main khara ker k katal kie jana .. kahan ki khilafat e islamia hay ? Islam aise katal ka hukam kahan deta hay.

Ager koi daleel ki baat hay to batao .. warna .. bilawaja ka fitna na phailao .Thanks

يہ لوگ انسان ہی نہی تو مسلمان کہاں کے۔ ان کا ريکارڈ ديکھو تو ابھی تک انھوں نے صرف مسلمانوں کو کاٹا ہۓ لوٹا اور برباد کيا ہۓ

 

Freemedia

Politcal Worker (100+ posts)
Achha kon si dajjali taktain? zara elaborate kero ? Sirf kahaniyan gharnay se khilafat e islamia nahin banti.. Khilafat e islamia k kuch asool hotay hain. Ager ye Mujahdeen hain or sirf ALLAH k bharoosay pe jehad kertay hain to ye Israel k khilaf kiyon nahin lar rahay ? balkeh sirya iraq main Muslims ko hi kiyon katal kari ja rahay hain?

Kiyon shia ko wajab ul katal samajhtay ho, pehlay asal dushmano ko khatam ker lo .. asal jehad un k khilaf hay .. apnay hi bhaiyon ko marna tum jaise logon ko zaroor jahanum main le jae ga .

Shia kuch bhi hon .. wo kalma go to hain. Baki shariati ikhtafat ko sunni or berelvi or wahabi sabbh main hain. Baki amal ka ALLAH k haan faisala ho ga ..

Koi Logic do, koi daleel do .. k ye ISIS walay sahi log hain. Logon ko kitar main khara ker k katal kie jana .. kahan ki khilafat e islamia hay ? Islam aise katal ka hukam kahan deta hay.

Ager koi daleel ki baat hay to batao .. warna .. bilawaja ka fitna na phailao .Thanks

tumharay sawal ka jawab ye hay ki israel aur mujahideen kay darmayan murtad aur mushrikon ki hukumat hin aur israel kay palto ****** pehlay mujahideen kay saamnay moujood hin pehlay in ka safaya ho jaaiy phir israel ki haalat dekh lo gay
 

PkRevolution

Chief Minister (5k+ posts)
Alhamdullilah.. 160 Sheron k muqable per 5000 geeder aaey they USA ki Air Cover k sath aur Us mein bhi 100 k khareeb maare gaye.

الحمد اللہ کہ کر اللہ کو مزید ناراض مت کرو۔

تم لوگ گمرا ہو۔ تاریخ میں جاکر دیکھو تمھاری آمد کی پہلے سے پیشن گوئی کی گئی اور تمھارا انجام اللہ کا عذاب ہوگا۔ تمام ایدیز نے غرق ہو جانا ہے ھمیشہ کے لئے اور جہنم کے سخت ترین مقام میں ان کا حساب ہوگا

تمھاری وجہہ سے آج حضرت محمد صلی اللہ علیہ وسم کی روح کو کتنی تکلیف ہوگی۔ صرف تم جیسے بد قماشوں کی وجہہ سے۔

کیا تمھیں معلوم ہے کہ اسلام قیدیوں کے ساتھ کیسا سلوک کرنے کا حکم دیتا ہے ؟؟؟

کیا تمھیں معلوم ہے کہ حضور اکرم صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم کے زمانے میں شہید ہونے والے یا فوت پاجانے والے صحابہ کرم کے مزاروں کو نہیں اڑایا جاتا تھا۔

اللہ تمام ایزیز کو غرق کرے جنہوں نے اپنا اسلام ایجاد کیا۔ مسلمان نوجوانوں کو گمراہ کیا جنہیں اسلام کی تاریخ کا علم ہی نہیں

اٹھائیں کتابیں اور پڑھیں کہ اسلام نے کیا حکم دیا جنگی قیدیوں کے ساتھ سلوک کرنے کا


آپ لوگ صحیح مسلمان ہر گز نہیں۔

 
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PkRevolution

Chief Minister (5k+ posts)
ISIS does not believe on Sharia of Prophet Mohammad PBUH.

They eliminate even prisoners who give up fight and throw their weapons. ISIS eliminate them. Prophet Mohammad PBUH taught us very different lessons here.

They bomb Mazars of Sahaba e Karam. (May Allah destroy ISIS)

All proves that this group has nothing common with Islam or Islamic teachings.

I personally believe that this group was created originally by Mossad to change situation completely in Arab countries in the favour of Jews. Remember that US and Europeans called them SUnni Jihadists earlier. Not like they usually say muslim groups, islamic terrorists or islamists. They used word SUNNI. Greater Israel plan is on the way.

Yes, their goal was to bring Iran in conflict and create Sunni Shia clashes worldwide. IRAN is in IRAQ right now.

When ISIS gained Power in IRAQ and Syria and they captured US missils, dangerous military equipment, they changed then their strategy. They are dreaming to control all islamic countries now. They are totally out of control now.

Saudi Arabia is in danger right now, they have arrested many many ISIS supporters in past days.

We must not underestimate this danger. They are the best organised Militia. Better organised than Al Quaida.

May Allah protect all Muslims from Sharr of ISIS.
 

AbuDujana

Banned
ISIS does not believe on Sharia of Prophet Mohammad PBUH.

They eliminate even prisoners who give up fight and throw their weapons. ISIS eliminate them. Prophet Mohammad PBUH taught us very different lessons here.

They bomb Mazars of Sahaba e Karam. (May Allah destroy ISIS)

All proves that this group has nothing common with Islam or Islamic teachings.

I personally believe that this group was created originally by Mossad to change situation completely in Arab countries in the favour of Jews. Remember that US and Europeans called them SUnni Jihadists earlier. Not like they usually say muslim groups, islamic terrorists or islamists. They used word SUNNI. Greater Israel plan is on the way.

Yes, their goal was to bring Iran in conflict and create Sunni Shia clashes worldwide. IRAN is in IRAQ right now.

When ISIS gained Power in IRAQ and Syria and they captured US missils, dangerous military equipment, they changed then their strategy. They are dreaming to control all islamic countries now. They are totally out of control now.

Saudi Arabia is in danger right now, they have arrested many many ISIS supporters in past days.

We must not underestimate this danger. They are the best organised Militia. Better organised than Al Quaida.

May Allah protect all Muslims from Sharr of ISIS.

 
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