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The United States has launched a social media offensive against Al-Qaeda and its notorious splinter group ISIS, setting out to win the war of ideas by ridiculing the militants with a mixture of blunt language and sarcasm.U.S. officials see social media as an increasingly crucial battlefield as they aim to turn young minds in the Muslim world against groups such as ISIS and Al-Qaeda.For the past 18 months, U.S. officials have been targeting dozens of social network accounts linked to Islamist radicals. Another tweet congratulated militant Yazidis who claimed to have killed 22 ISIS fighters in Iraq.A Facebook post was more in keeping with the sober diplomatic tone Washington is used to, a photo-montage showing Syria's leader Bashar Assad alongside ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in front of a city in ruins. The U.S.-managed Twitter accounts are not squeamish about reproducing images distributed by jihadists depicting mass executions, drawing historic parallels between ISIS and the Nazis.U.S. officials are also mindful of striking the right tone as they troll Islamists.
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