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Iraq jihadists fight a good Twitter battle, say experts

Published on Jun 24, 2014 1:52 PM

BAGHDAD (AFP) - Supporters of a powerful jihadist group are waging an online propaganda war in concert with its battles on the ground in Iraq, where Sunni militants have overrun swathes of the country.

For militant groups, the fight over public perception can be even more important than actual combat, turning military losses into propaganda victories and battlefield successes into powerful tools to build support for the cause.

The offensive, led by jihadists from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), but involving other Sunni groups as well, swept down from northern Iraq, overrunning major areas of five provinces and reaching less than 100 kilometres from Baghdad.

As the militants advanced on the ground, they also did so on microblogging site Twitter, where users posted a near-constant stream of updates and photos.

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