Detailed Analysis of Islamic State (ISIS) Video: Although the Unbelievers Dislike It - A Story of Expansion and Beheadings

Screen Shot of Although the Disbelievers Dislike It at minute mark 9:48 seconds before mass simultaneous beheading.Since its inception, the Islamic State (IS) propaganda machine has repeatedly demonstrated its sophistication and complexity. IS has abandoned the often ramshackle methods of international outreach common to its rivals (e.g. bin Laden's cassette tapes) in favor of meticulously planned, high-quality videos. In one of its most recent releases, Although the Disbelievers Dislike It, IS attempts to provide a graphic cinema-quality experience to its viewers. Nevertheless, upon close examination, it becomes apparent that discrepancies were overlooked in the editorial process, leading to telling anomalies. The video can be split into five distinct sectionsMap Moving in Time: Displays territories in which IS has official affiliates (large or small), followed by countries in which it suggests it plans to expand;Documentary-style Narrative: An amalgamation of clips that…

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Claire Davis

Claire is a TRAC research associate specializing in the emergence of the Islamic State, comparative ideologies, and Domestic Terrorist Groups (United States).

Charlie Winter

Charlie has advised governments on Middle East policy and presented his findings at UK Parliament. He has written for The Telegraph, CNN International, the BBC News, Aljazeera, The Daily Beast, The...