Tweeting the Jihad: Social Media Networks of Western Foreign Fighters in Syria and Iraq

  title={Tweeting the Jihad: Social Media Networks of Western Foreign Fighters in Syria and Iraq},
  author={Jytte Klausen},
  journal={Studies in Conflict \& Terrorism},
  pages={1 - 22}
  • J. Klausen
  • Published 2 January 2015
  • Political Science
  • Studies in Conflict & Terrorism
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