We all know the importance, in business, of having a social media team. However, that the Syrian rebels have a social media team in Turkey, set up to meet United States CIA arming requirements may come as a surprise to some.
As we reported a few days ago, airlines, for example, now have full-on social media command centers. In a similar vein, the Syrian rebels have stationed what is essentially a social media team just across the border in Turkey.
As NPR’s Deborah Amos explains in a recent piece about this phenomena, on NPR, “The group Harakat Hazm – in English, the Steadfast Movement – hosted the first successful strike on YouTube. A media team documents every strike says Ahmed Abu Imad. He’s in southern Turkey to upload those videos.”
Spokesperson Ahmed Abu Imad explains that the group is on Facebook and Twitter.
Reports Amos, “On Facebook, on Twitter and on the battalion’s website, he says. But here’s how it really works – the CIA keeps a tight rein on this covert program. Rebels say they have to document success and even bring back spent canisters from the weapons they fired before they can get resupplied.”
According to the report, the media team in Turkey is just one media hub for the Free Syrian Army.
According to Reuters, this is one of the recent videos on YouTube documenting strikes, as required by the U.S. CIA:
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