By Amira al-Tahawi
October 10, 2014
Internet as a weapon of mass Jihad!
How it has been used increasingly by many radical fighters in Middle East (especially Syria). Internet is used by radicals and insurgents there to: recruit new members, share experiences (mainly the military ones) , as a social network to keep ties or to give orders, share latest announcements and the "fatwas" issued by spiritual leaders/ references of Islamist movements or orders and instruction by field commanders.
Internet became recently a platform for divisions and deepened frictions inside the radical movement itself. Internet and specifically the social networks made Jihad more global, as many western individuals find their way to Syria through the internet.
Main tasks / internet and social media networks are used by Jihadists also to do:
Advise on military and technical issues (Examples)
Show shariah's opinions or judgements on some issues related to Jihad (Examples)
Ask me about (Examples)
Reconciliation and declaring Truce (Examples)
Calm conflicts or deepen the differences (Examples)
Period of Study: 2013
Place of Study: Users who are involved in The Syrian conflict.
Method of study: content analysis, note: some statical applications and data analysis will be used.
The Platforms to be monitored:
- Ask Me
- More: 3-1- Discussion Boards 3-2- Only Members Exclusive Bullions 3-3- Face Book 3-4- Personal Blogs
Why is it important?
Could it help in predicting the Actualités events and attacks in area?