Today, Europol publishes the second edition of its annual report on online Jihadist propaganda, writes Europol.
The report by the European Union’s Internet Referral Unit (EU IRU) at Europol covers the period from 1 January to 31 December 2019 and highlights the major trends and developments in propaganda of the most prominent Sunni jihadist organisations. This review aims to analyse how these organisations have shaped their online message to respond to shifting political and operational realities and overcome setbacks.
It further identifies the dominant themes exploited by the groups during this period.Al-Qaeda: Al-Qaeda has succeeded in strengthening its network over the years via the implementation of a “flexible administration, i.e. setting the overarching aims but delegating responsibility regarding tactics to its regional branches. Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS): Although HTS continues to pursue a jihadist agenda, its focus is local.
HTS has put significant effort in strengthening its communication strategy by multiplying the production of statements, videos, and opinion articles. In disseminating its propaganda, HTS relies on ostensibly independent institutions, both online and offline..
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