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The Right Path to Counter Daesh

Posted July 10th, 2015 at 11:08 am (UTC-4)
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By Richard Stengel and Anwar Gargash

“For a year now, the terrorist group ISIL, or Daesh, as it is known throughout the Middle East, has seized attention through its rapid growth and expansion. To fuel this growth, Daesh has maliciously twisted and corrupted the peaceful teachings of Islam, using sensationalist brutality to appeal to the most vulnerable members of our societies … Daesh has thrived through its ability to manipulate and exploit the Internet and social media … Daesh isn’t the first extremist group to channel the power of mass communication. But Daesh’s ability to speak to and mobilize a global audience, through its use of graphic violence to shock some and attract others, has been unprecedented … Together with our partners, our governments are employing a multifaceted strategy to counter Daesh’s hateful vision … It is vital that their propaganda not remain unchallenged.”

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