Empirical Assessment of Al Qaeda, ISIS, and Taliban Propaganda

7 Pages Posted: 9 Jan 2015

Date Written: January 7, 2015


The jihadist groups AQAP, ISIS, and the Taliban have all produced glossy English magazines designed to influence Western sympathizers. We examine these magazines empirically with respect to models of the intensity of informative, imaginative, deceptive, jihadist, and gamification language. This allows their success to be estimated and their similarities and differences to be exposed. We also develop and validate an empirical model of propaganda; according to this model Dabiq, ISIS's magazine ranks highest of the three.

Keywords: corpus analytics, propaganda, language models, jihadist language, Inspire, Azan, Dabiq, gamification, deception, terrorism, AQAP, ISIS, Taliban, lone wolf attacks

Suggested Citation

Skillicorn, David, Empirical Assessment of Al Qaeda, ISIS, and Taliban Propaganda (January 7, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2546478 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2546478

David Skillicorn (Contact Author)

Queen's University ( email )

Kingston, Ontario K7L 3N6

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