September 11, 2018

IntelBrief: The Islamic State’s Enduring Narrative

Iraqi army soldiers deploy in front of a court run by the Islamic State group after regaining control of the town of Sadiyah in Diyala province, 60 miles (95 kilometers) north of Baghdad, Iraq (AP Photo, File).
  • With the caliphate in ruins, the Islamic State is likely to focus even more on the ‘virtual world’ and shaping its narrative.
  • One of the reasons the Islamic State has been so successful in its use of propaganda is that the group deliberately dedicated substantial resources toward operating in the narrative space.
  • A daunting issue facing the international community concerns what themes and narratives Islamic State propagandists intend to promote as the organization works to lay the foundation for a future resurgence.
  • The Islamic State’s leading propagandists have effectively transformed operational failures into strategic victories in the past, and are already attempting to do so with the loss of the caliphate.