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MacDill ‘WebOps’ employees center of botched online fight against Islamic State

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On any given day at MacDill Air Force Base, web crawlers scour social media for potential recruits to the Islamic State group. Then, in a high-stakes operation to counter the extremists’ propaganda, language specialists employ fictitious identities and try to sway the targets from joining IS ranks. At least that’s how the multimillion-dollar initiative is being sold to the Defense Department. A critical national security program known as “WebOps” is part of a vast psychological operation that the Pentagon says…

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