Iraq and ISIS: Waging war with hashtags

The Osint Journal Review

By Thomas Gibbons-Neff June 24

In the war of selfies and hashtags, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria might have won an early victory, but that doesn’t mean the battle with social media is lost. Overwhelmed by ISIS tweets and other online propaganda, pro-Iraq social media accounts have fired back with a hashtag of their own: #No2ISIS.


While ISIS’s brutality — and its inclination to display it on every social media platform available — has been well covered, the Iraqi counter-campaign has garnered relatively little attention in Western outlets.

But the #No2ISIS hashtag has already surged on Instagram and seems to be doing so on Twitter as well. Anti-ISIS protesters in London began using the hashtag earlier today on posters, while the Iraqi ambassador to the U.S., Lukman Faily, has even appeared in photos holding placards with the hashtag.

The idea is simple: For many Iraqis

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