File - In this file still image posted on a militant Twitter account on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, militants parade down a main road in Mosul, Iraq. (AP Photo/militant source via Twitter)
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A powerful jihadist group pushing toward Baghdad is waging a parallel war online, flooding social media with updates and riding the football World Cup frenzy to spread its message with corporate-like sophistication.As militants, led by jihadists from the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), advanced on the ground in Iraq, they also invaded Twitter, where users posted a near-constant stream of updates and photos.When ISIS said it executed Iraqi security forces members in Salahuddin province, images of militants firing on scores of men, who lay face-down in shallow ditches as blood pooled in the sand, were posted on Twitter and elsewhere online.Major events are often given hashtags such as "#WorldCup2014" that allow Twitter users to easily search for related content.When the offensive began late on June 9, there were ISIS-affiliated Twitter accounts dedicated to various "wilayas," or states, into which the group divides Iraq.
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