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ISIS (Yes, ISIS) Released a Children’s App to Teach Arabic

ISIS (Yes, ISIS) Released a Children’s App to Teach Arabic

The Islamic State’s “Library of Zeal” released an Android app on Tuesday to teach children the Arabic alphabet and vocabulary words—of course, using jihadist themes. The app features games to help kids memorize and write the Arabic letters and learn the alphabet. Included words are “tank,” “gun,” “sword” and “rocket” as some of the first words that pop up to learn, all accompanied by pictures. It also includes unISISy words you would expect from kids books, like “trees” and “bread.”

This most recent app isn’t ISIS’s first time using mobile apps or social networking to try to recruit members. Last February, they launched an Android app to broadcast al-Bayan radio, a station of the group’s information. And this past November, they released an app that’s basically a jihadist “news feed.” This new attempt is probably because Twitter began suspending accounts that threatened or promoted terrorism in the middle of 2015. By February, Twitter had suspended 125,000 accounts.

The app was released on file-sharing websites, and obviously isn’t available on Google Play.

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