September 08, 2015

'Annoying' But Deadly? The Debate Over Killing ISIS's 'Twitter Tough Guys'

By Wendy R. Anderson

Source: ABC News

Journalist(s) James Gordon Meek

A year into the U.S. strategy to “degrade and destroy” ISIS, a debate has erupted among some counter-terrorism officials and experts over the value of hunting down the extremist group’s propagandists and “Twitter tough guys” alongside the most senior leaders in Syria and Iraq.

In recent weeks the American government hailed the targeted killings in airstrikes of both the important number two leader of ISIS, a longtime veteran jihadi named Fadhil Ahmad al-Hayali, as well as social media taunter Junaid Hussain, who some officials called a “senior” propagandist in ISIS -- though he was only nine years old when the U.S. invaded Iraq in 2003.

Read the full ABC News article.

  • Wendy R. Anderson

    Adjunct Senior Fellow, Military, Veterans, and Society Program

    Wendy R. Anderson is an Adjunct Senior Fellow of the Military, Veterans, and Society Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS).  She is also the Managing D...