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History, Religion Hamper Efforts to Counter IS Propaganda

The militant group that calls itself the Islamic State (IS) has proved adept at radicalizing young Muslims, and Western countries, including the U.S., are finding that history and long-held beliefs in the Middle East put them at a disadvantage when countering IS’s recruitment efforts. A popular IS propaganda message is that the West in general and the United States in particular are at war with Islam. They also promote a narrative that Western interference is largely responsible for the...

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