‘The Baghdadi Net’: How A Network of ISIL-Supporting Accounts Spread Across Twitter By Moustafa Ayad

Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIL) supporters fanned out large amounts of Arabic content across Twitter all through the week in the wake of the news surrounding the death of Abu Bakr al Baghdadi. Many accounts were exhibiting strong and multiple signals of automated behaviour, spawning every hour, on the hour, and Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD) researchers monitored and tracked these accounts and their tactics for the past week following the news. Read the full investigation and recommendations on limiting extremist content. 

Women, Girls and Islamist Extremism

This new toolkit will help practitioners engage more confidently with women and girls affiliated with Islamist extremism and provide guidance for broader community groups involved in safeguarding at-risk women and girls in Europe. Building on a series of interviews with intervention providers, the new toolkit sheds light on some of the reasons why British women became affiliated with ISIS. The interviews have informed a new practical toolkit which includes recommendations, case studies and tools.