The Islamic State has been all but obliterated from the battlefields of the Middle East.
But it could be making a propaganda comeback.
A spate of recent videos published to ISIS’ social media channels show fighters pledging allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, according to Voice of America.
The videos aim to prove “that ISIS has not been defeated and that its militants in several parts of the world remain loyal to their leaders,” a US counterterrorism official told VOA.
So far, eight videos appeared as a series titled “The Best Outcome is for the Pious.” They feature ISIS fighters from West Africa, Sinai, and the Philippines, among others.