January 13, 2015 | Cited by Terrence McCoy - The Washington Post

Why the Islamic State Desperately Needed to Hack Centcom’s Twitter

The Islamic State’s current crisis is the result of several strategic miscalculations — like the beheadings of American journalists and August’s attack on Kurdish territory — that drew powerful enemies into an already-cluttered battlefield. And right now, the Islamic State is as weak as its been in months. “The Islamic State’s lifeblood is partially money and territory, but primarily momentum against weak and ill-prepared enemies,” wrote Daveed Gartenstein-Ross of Georgetown University in the Atlantic. “And that momentum, which peaked in early August, has stalled.”

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