Isis’s propaganda will continue to radicalise followers and inspire terror attacks long after the group’s self-declared caliphate has been destroyed, a new report has warned.
The terrorist group is losing swathes of territory in its Iraqi stronghold of Mosul as enemy forces advance on its de-facto capital of Raqqa in Syria, but continues to churn out online magazines, videos and continual updates on its “operations” to followers around the #world.
A document called “Media Operative, You Are a Mujahid, Too” that surfaced last year exposes Isis’s strategy for its propagandists in the Middle East and further afield.
Claiming the West is “angered and terrorised by jihadi media”, the authors urge followers to shatter enemy morale.
“Media weapons [can] actually be more potent than atomic bombs” and has “far-reaching potential to change the balance in respect to the war between the Muslims and their enemies,” the 55-page document continues.
It was translated by researchers at King’s College London’s International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) as part of a report on Isis’ “information warfare”.