ISIS Seen Overtaking Al Qaeda In South Asia Social Media War

June 19, 2015 – Islamist militant propaganda websites and social media accounts in South Asia are promoting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) at the expense of the Al Qaeda, analysts said on Friday, highlighting the rivalry between the two global militant groups.

Disaffected Taliban factions have started to look towards ISIS, impressed by its rapid capture of territory in Syria and Iraq, though there is no evidence it is providing substantial material support to the Taliban.

The popularity of ISIS comes at the expense of Al Qaeda, whose deep pockets and foreign fighters once readily attracted local commanders.

But Al Qaeda has been decimated by drone strikes and its traditional influence severely eroded.

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