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US urges coalition to wage online battle against Islamic State

US General John R. Allen -- the special presidential envoy for the global coalition to counter the threat of the Islamic State (IS) group -- attends a meeting in Kuwait City, on October 27, 2014Washington called Monday for the battle against the Islamic State group to be taken to the Internet, as coalition partners vowed to step up efforts to counter the jihadists’ online propaganda. Retired US general John Allen told participants at the talks in Kuwait City that IS was promoting its “horrendous brand of warfare” online, where it “recruits and perverts the innocent”. Allen, who is coordinating the US-led campaign against IS, met with representatives of coalition countries including Bahrain, Britain, Egypt, France, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. After the talks the coalition partners promised to take steps to boost efforts to prevent the recruitment of foreign fighters for IS, including online.

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