It seems like the last few years we have seen everything from ISIS and their propaganda videos. From beheading journalists to professionally edited videos cutting in footage of potential targets such as Times Square in New York, ISIS has slowly grown into a well-calculated terrorist group with global reach and a tactical online presence.
Last week, ISIS hacked four government websites, replacing the homepage with pro-ISIS propaganda messaging. However, government websites were only among a few of the hundreds of victims whose websites were replaced by pro-ISIS propaganda messaging.
According to the Washington Times:
“Websites for government agencies in Washington, Ohio, Maryland, New York and California were all affected by the hack beginning last weekend, including the Ohio governor’s office and the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors, a local ABC News affiliate reported.
In each instance the infected website was altered to display a greeting attributed to a hacking group known as “Team System Dz” and rife with pro-Islamic State messages and imagery.”
The primary purpose of the ISIS propaganda videos is to instill fear in the American people and also recruit weak-minded radicals to join their terrorist group. According to sources, they keep their victims calm by lying to them. ISIS tells their victims that “it’s only a video, you are only our visitor. We want your government to stop attacking Syria. So make this video with us and we will not kill you,” before proceeding to kill the victims.
Once an individual has been recruited to the Islamic state terrorist group, also known as ISIS, they are eligible to receive their assignment on a piece of paper. The piece of paper includes only the location details of the target and no other tactical details. However, sometimes the pieces of paper are sent to cameramen who help ISIS film their propaganda videos.
“The paper just gives you the location,” never the details, said Abu Hajer al-Maghribi, who spent time as a cameraman for the Islamic State. Jobs also included filming prayers at the mosque. But, for most other members of ISIS, a slip would come with the coordinates to their next target, according to sources.
“They are still trying to actively recruit. They are still spreading their propaganda, though a little less openly than before,” Khorshied Samad reported. “The basic recruiting process is the same as before – propaganda spread and initial contacts vis a public platform like Twitter and then, once a potential recruit is identified, movement to a secure platform for more tactical discussions.”
Khorshied works for RAND Corporation, is an American nonprofit global policy think tank originally formed by Douglas Aircraft Company to offer research and analysis to the United States Armed Forces.
The media arm of ISIS is just as important as the fighting arm of the radical extremist group for its ability to influence the masses and instill fear in its enemies. Many times, ISIS recruits former journalists, professional video editors and software engineers to help broaden its online reach.
Recently, ISIS has been flaunting their drone capabilities in their propaganda videos. One video even displayed footage of young ISIS members controlling drones with PS3 controllers and using them to drop bombs on Iraqi soldiers.
Unfortunately, this is likely the future of warfare and something we will have to continue to develop defenses against. Although, if you are like me, you believe great offense is the best defense, which is exactly why the below video is so awesome.
In this video, we saw something we have not seen before – an ISIS member getting annihilated by a drone strike during a propaganda video. And yes, it was just as enjoyable as you might have imagined in your dreams. Enjoy the video below and share it on Facebook. This is what happens when you threaten the United States of America.