Posts Tagged 'AQAP'

Empirical Assessment of Al Qaeda, Isis, and Taliban Propaganda

I’ve just been working on assessing the potential impact of the three major magazines: Inspire (AQAP), Azan (Taliban), and Dabiq (ISIS), competing for the market in lone wolf jihadists in the West.

I compare these magazines using models for the intensity of informative, imaginative, deceptive, jihadist, and gamification language, and build an empirical model for propaganda which combines these into a single scale.

Unsurprisingly, Dabiq ranks highest in propaganda intensity.

The details can be found in the full draft paper, posted to SSRN:

Skillicorn, David, Empirical Assessment of Al Qaeda, Isis, and Taliban Propaganda (January 7, 2015). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2546478.

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Inspire Magazine Issue 10

The tenth issue of this al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula magazine is out. Continuing the textual analysis I’ve done on the earlier issues, I can conclude two things:

  1. Issue 10 wasn’t written by whoever wrote Issue 9 (nor by those who wrote the previous issues since they’re dead). In almost every respect the language resembles that of earlier issues, and is bland with respect to almost every word category. Except …
  2. The intensity of Jihadist language, which has been steadily increasing over the series, decreases sharply in Issue 10. Whoever the new editors/authors are, their hearts are not in it as much as the previous ones.

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