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US behind curve in online war with IS: experts

The US government is struggling to counter the Islamic State group's fast-paced online propaganda, which played a role in inspiring a failed attack in Texas, pictured, this week on an exhibit of caricatures of thThe US government is struggling to counter the Islamic State group’s fast-paced online propaganda, which played a role in inspiring a failed attack in Texas this week on an exhibit of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed. One of the two gunmen had been in frequent contact via Twitter with an American militant from the IS group who was well known to federal authorities, according to groups that monitor extremists online. The failed attempt to storm the cartoon exhibition in a Dallas suburb could be a “harbinger” of things to come, as the jihadist online blitz seeks to encourage violence from a distance, said author Peter Bergen of the New America Foundation non-profit group. The lightning tempo and vast scale of the IS group’s social media campaign poses a daunting challenge, particularly for a government bureaucracy ill-equipped to respond quickly or to experiment, experts said Thursday.

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