A Kurdish fighter walks by a wall bearing a drawing of the flag of the Islamic State (IS) group in the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar, in the Nineveh Province, on November 13, 2015. AFP PHOTO / SAFIN HAMED
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On the brink of defeat in Iraq and Syria, Daesh (ISIS) has been taking refuge in its "virtual caliphate" – but even online, experts say it is in decline.Albert Ford, a researcher at U.S. think-tank New America who has studied the exodus of foreign fighters to join Daesh, also said the group's media output was "falling off considerably".In the months before and since, the U.S.-led military coalition fighting Daesh has repeatedly announced the deaths of senior Daesh communications officers, usually in airstrikes.These days Daesh propagandists mostly use the web to encourage supporters to launch attacks on their own initiative, with the much-weakened group unable to play a direct hand in organizing them.By portraying events three years ago a "golden age" stolen by "the enemies of Islam," Daesh is hoping to convince new recruits that such times could come again if they join the cause, Winter said.
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