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Is ISIS successful on the data battlefield?

“Fanboys” of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have been “impressed” on social media after Tuesday’s terror assault in New York Metropolis that left eight lifeless and 13 wounded, together with the attacker, a terrorism knowledgeable instructed CBSN. 

Haroon Ullah, Broadcasting Board of Governors’ chief technique officer, mentioned ISIS and folks affiliated with ISIS use social media to search out outsize affect past any borders. That is why, regardless of photos out of Raqqa of U.S.-backed armies defeating ISIS, many consider the group is definitely successful, Ullah mentioned. 

“It is successful for precisely the rationale that it is utilizing expertise,” Ullah mentioned. “It is in a position to make beneficial properties on the battlefield meaning most to them – which is the data battlefield.”

Sayfullo Saipov, who got here to the U.S. from Uzbekistan in 2010, has been arrested and charged with two federal terrorism fees. He’s accused of driving a truck onto a New York Metropolis bike path, killing eight individuals and injuring a dozen extra as he plowed by the bike path. After colliding with a schoolbus, police say he exited his automobile and yelled “Allahu Akbar,” Arabic for God is nice. 

Saipov was shot by police shortly after and appeared in courtroom Wednesday shackled and in a wheelchair. Federal prosecutors say he was “consumed by hate and a twisted ideology.”

Investigators have mentioned they discovered notes referencing ISIS across the truck. Saipov had 90 movies and hundreds of photos affiliated with ISIS on a telephone they recovered on the scene, prosecutors mentioned within the legal grievance towards Saipov. 

Based on the legal grievance, Saipov believed the assault was a hit and wished to fly the ISIS flag in his hospital room. 

Ullah mentioned governments have a tough time counteracting with expertise, primarily as a result of authorities acts slower than info spreads on-line. 

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