Who is behind Isis’s terrifying online propaganda operation?
By Patrick Kingsley, The Guardian, June 23, 2014
Zaid al-Ali, author of The Struggle for Iraq’s Future, a book about contemporary Iraq published earlier this year, says it isn’t 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.”