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Islamic State: The Caliphate is All But Finished, But its Online Presence Endures

Islamic State: The Caliphate is All But Finished, But its Online Presence Endures by Nabih Bulos – Los Angeles Times

When President Trump spoke of Islamic State last week, he described the group as all but defeated, even in the digital realm.

 

"For a period of time, they used the internet better than we did. They used the internet brilliantly, but now it’s not so brilliant," the president said. "And now the people on the internet that used to look up to them and say how wonderful and brilliant they are are not thinking of them as being so brilliant."

 

As Islamic State’s once-large physical domain shrinks to nothing, its media presence is no longer the mighty propaganda powerhouse that, at its height, flooded social media with nearly 40 statements, videos and other media items a day, according to a 2015 report by the International Center for the Study of Radicalization and Political Violence, a London think tank.

 

At the same time, Islamic State’s media arm endures on a smaller scale, and has already adapted to the loss…

Read on.