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Islamic State's media-savvy militants spread message with ease
Islamic State's media-savvy militants spread message with ease

Driving hulking tanks and armored trucks, Islamic State militants conducted a victory parade of sorts recently in Raqqah, their stronghold in northern Syria, flaunting military hardware that they had captured. Some of the masked fighters muscled the massive tanks into tight circles, spinning them around and around in front of a cheering crowd. The startling imagery, posted on YouTube in June, not only raced across social media. It was picked up by CNN and other TV networks, boosting the global profile of Islamic State as it seeks to establish and violently expand its rule across much of the Middle East. Before he was killed in 2011, Al Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden attempted to recruit...

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