Activity of social media platforms used by ISIS to rage war against the U.S. and its allies appeared to ramp down since the death of a top recruiter in the terrorist group, according to U.S. intelligence sources.
British national Junaid Hassain was killed by a U.S. drone strike in Raqqa, Syria on August 24 and some intelligence officials say they're already seeing the impact of his absence. This wasn't the first time ISIS social media activity had weakened; in 2014 ISIS social media threats dwindled before Hussain brought it back with a vengeance. Hassain was a key player in hacking military websites and encouraging Americans to attack within U.S. Borders.
Some intelligence officials caution it's "too early" to "read too much into it," as ISIS may have switched at least some of its communication to the dark web.