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One by One, ISIS Social Media Experts Are Killed as Result of F.B.I. Program | The New York Times

One by One, ISIS Social Media Experts Are Killed as Result of F.B.I. Program | The New York Times

In the summer of 2015, armed American drones over eastern Syria stalked Junaid Hussain, an influential hacker and recruiter for the Islamic State.

For weeks, Mr. Hussain was careful to keep his young stepson by his side, and the drones held their fire. But late one night, Mr. Hussain left an internet cafe alone, and minutes later a Hellfire missile killed him as he walked between two buildings in Raqqa, Syria, the Islamic State’s de facto capital.

Mr. Hussain, a 21-year-old from Birmingham, England, was a leader of a band of English-speaking computer specialists who had given a far-reaching megaphone to Islamic State propaganda and exhorted online followers to carry out attacks in the West.

Source: One by One, ISIS Social Media Experts Are Killed as Result of F.B.I. Program – The New York Times