Islamic State messaging bloody, but cutting-edge

Posted: August 31, 2014 at 5:55 a.m.

The extremists who have seized large parts of Syria and Iraq have riveted the world's attention with their military prowess and unrestrained brutality. But Western intelligence services are also worried about their command of seemingly less lethal weapons: cutting-edge videos, video shot from drones and multilingual Twitter messages.

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