A message has been posted to several radical Islamist – or jihadi – websites announcing a competition to design a new site for a militant group in Iraq.
The prize offered is the chance to fire missiles remote-controlled by computer at a US military base in Iraq.
Whether the competition is genuine or not, it shows again how jihadis are using the internet both to organise attacks and to drum up publicity.
The internet provides not just a vital means of organisation for Islamic militants but also a huge opportunity for propaganda.
That is presumably the intention of the message that has recently shown up on several jihadi websites with details of a competition to design a new website for a militant group in Iraq, calling itself Jaish Al-Taifa Al-Mansura, to showcase its messages and videos.
The winner will be given the chance, the group says, to fire three long-range missiles at an American army base in Iraq by – in the words of the announcement – “pressing a button on his computer with his own blessed hand, using technology developed by the jihad fighters”.
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