Saturday, May 6, 2017

The U.S. Military Is Targeting The Islamic State 's Online Operators

A screen grab of Rachid Kassim taken from an Islamic State group propaganda video dating back to July 2016. Welayat Nineveh, AFP

L.A. Times: The U.S. military is targeting Islamic State's virtual caliphate by hunting & killing its online operatives one-by-one

The months-long manhunt for French-born Rachid Kassim ended one chilly morning early this year when a drone-launched missile destroyed his battered white pickup truck as it motored through the besieged Iraqi city of Mosul.

The 29-year-old former rapper had cast a grim shadow in international counter-terrorism circles. He spoke fluent French, once beheaded a man in an online video and played a role in a string of terrorist plots — two successful — in France last year.

The Feb. 8 drone strike notched a victory for a U.S.-led effort that seeks to silence Islamic State operatives who use social media, encrypted messaging and other online tools to reach disaffected Muslims overseas and to launch what counter-terrorism experts now call “remote-controlled” attacks.

As Islamic State steadily loses ground in Iraq and Syria, its ability to sponsor and inspire headline-grabbing attacks abroad looms larger than ever — providing the militants the appearance of lethal viability despite the caliphate’s collapsing borders.

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WNU Editor: The war against the message and ideology of the Islamic State is going to be just as bloody and just as long as the war against the on-the-ground fighters of this group and those who espouse a radical and militant brand of Islam.


Aizino Smith said...

If ISIS is broadcasting online from a Boston mosque, do we hit it with a drone strike?

Anonymous said...

just stop wasting money. islam is the future just accept it. there is no point fighting this war if you let millions come into your country. they will reproduce and convert people into islam. the good thing is that will be dead by then lol.

isis wants everyone to convert to islam
so called moderate muslims want want everyone to convert to islam.

what's the difference?? one gets to f**k 72 goats first.

Aizino Smith said...

"there is no point fighting this war if you let millions come into your country. they will reproduce and convert people into islam"

Stupid dumb ass mouth breathing LIBERAL MOTHER FUCKERS have not FIGURED that one out.