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U.S. Unveils 'Information Coalition' Against Islamic State Militants


The United States on October 27 unveiled what it called an information coalition with Muslim and Western nations to counter online efforts by Islamic State militants to recruit fighters and stoke sectarian hatred.

U.S. officials told delegates from European and Arab countries at a meeting in Kuwait that the effort should complement parallel campaigns against the militant group on the battlefield and in the world of finance.

Representatives from Europe and the Middle East -- including Britain, France, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates -- attended the meeting.

Campaigns by Islamic State militants on Twitter and other social media platforms have been slickly produced -- incorporating new video and graphic techniques with battlefield footage to project an image of dynamism.

Washington has been working with regional and world powers to fight the militants militarily, financially, and politically.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AP
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