anti-ISIS messaging campaign

Can the U.S. Actually Defeat ISIS?, by Day Donaldson

Challenging ISIS has little to do with decreasing their number of Twitter followers.

February 4, 2016

The Obama Administration has announced a new communications effort to counteract the “messaging” of ISIS. The new “Center for Global Engagement,” to be located at the State Department, will be charged with “counter-messaging” ISIS (ISIL) communications. The task of the center can be simply stated: to persuade those who might follow ISIS or other terrorist groups that following them is a very wrong idea. 

The group produces much more than execution videos, and examining its propaganda on topics such as military affairs, governance, preaching, and moral policing is key to understanding why individuals spread its message or join its ranks. Ever since the Islamic State (IS) took over a third of Iraq and declared a caliphate in the summer of 2014, the world has been fascinated with the IS media operation.

Donald Trump said Mexican leaders were outsmarting their American counterparts by shipping the country’s criminals over the border. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said beating the Islamic State depended on first defeating President Barack Obama’s Iran deal. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz accused the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of speaking “nonsense.” 

Quilliam is a London-based counter-extremism think tank that was set up to address problems of extremism and Islamic radicalisation. [...] The video, which is part of Quilliam's #NotAnotherBrother campaign, aims to highlight the dangers of online radicalisation to those who may be susceptible to extreme jihadi rhetorics.

On the same day the United States announced the arrest of a 19-year old attempting to leave the country to join ISIS, a top State Department official said the American efforts to combat ISIS' powerful online message are working.