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Jihadist Women Use Twitter to Promote IS Militant Cause

Pictures of kittens and designer footwear are tweeted out alongside extremist rhetoric, descriptions of the “good life” in Syria, and pictures of battlefield gore. Welcome to the so-called “Umm network” of well over 100 people who claim to be foreign female jihadists on Twitter. “Umm” is an honorific name in Arabic, used to address women as a mother figure. As with the Islamic State (IS) militant group, Twitter is apparently a favorite social media tool of the Umm network, according...

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