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US Launches ‘Think Again Turn Away’ Campaign To Discourage Foreigners From Joining ISIS

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The US State Department has released a graphic video which mocks IS recruits, designed to discourage potential jihadists from joining the terrorist organisation.

The parody video, called ‘Think Again Turn Away’ was created by The Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications — a department led by Alberto Fernandez and established in 2010 to use social media as a tool against terrorist groups like al Qaeda and its affiliates.

It features graphic scenes showing whippings, crucifixions and suicide bombs that have been repackaged from original IS recordings. It also includes lines like “blowing up mosques!” and “crucifying and executing Muslims” in an attempt to take on IS in the social media space where it has been targeting recruits. It finishes with the line “Travel is inexpensive because you won’t need a return ticket”.

The campaign also has a Twitter account and Facebook page attached it posts news using #thinkagainturnaway to convince others not to be seduced by the brutal group.

The counterterrorism unit also uses Tumblr and YouTube to undermine terrorist messages.

“Our mission is to expose the facts about terrorists and their propaganda. Don’t be misled by those who break up families and destroy their true heritage,” the Facebook page states.

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JUST IN: ECOWAS Lifts Sanctions On Mali

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US President, Donald Trump, Wife Test Positive For Covid-19

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Donald Trump and Melania

Donald Trump and wife, Melania Trump

President of the United States, Donald Trump, and his wife, Melania Trump have both tested positive for COVID-19.

The President took to his official Twitter handle on Friday to make this announcement.

Trump was last seen in public on Thursday afternoon, returning to the White House after a fundraising trip to New Jersey.

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On Thursday, he announced that his aide, Hope Hicks tested positive for the virus which has killed over 1 million people around the world.

He further revealed that he and the first lady had taken the test and waiting for the results before announcing the outcome on Friday.

 

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Mali: N’Daw, Coup Leader Goita Sworn In As President, VP

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President of Mali, N’Daw, coup leader, Goita

Retired Army Colonel, Bah N’Daw has been sworn in on Friday as the interim president of Mali and he is to head a transitional government following last month’s military coup in the country.

The swearing-in ceremony held in the country’s capital city of Bamako, where Colonel Assimi Goita, who led the military junta, was also sworn in as interim vice president.

This administration is to lead the government for a maximum of 18 months before organising national elections.

Also Read: Buhari Attends Virtual ECOWAS Extraordinary Summit Over Mali Crisis

It will be recalled that the country’s military executed a coup last month (August 18) which successfully removed the nation’s president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita from office.

Former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, attended the ceremony alongside other members of the ECOWAS mediation team.

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