In­done­sia’s Mus­lim cy­ber warriors take on IS

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Jakarta: A group of In­done­sian “cy­ber warriors” sit glued to screens, as they send out mes­sages pro­mot­ing a mod­er­ate form of Is­lam in the world’s most pop­u­lous Mus­lim-ma­jor­ity coun­try. Armed with lap­tops and smart­phones, some 500 mem­bers of the Nahd­latul Ulama (NU) - one of the world’s big­gest Mus­lim or­gan­i­sa­tions - are seek­ing to counter the Is­lamic State group’s ex­trem­ist mes­sages.

“We’ll never let Is­lam be hi- jacked by fools who em­brace hate in their heart,” tweeted Syafi’ Ali, a promi­nent mem­ber of the NU’s on­line army, a typ­i­cal mes­sage to his tens of thou­sands of fol­low­ers. They are try­ing to hit back at IS’s so­phis­ti­cated In­ter­net op­er­a­tions, which have been cred­ited with at­tract­ing huge num­bers from around the world to their cause. Times of In­dia

The cy­ber warriors hope to counter the Is­lamic State’s ex­trem­ist mes­sages.

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