US to establish online anti-DAESH center in Malaysia

US to establish second counter terrorism center this time in Malaysia to fight DAESH

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

The US may join in creating another online counter terrorism center, this time in Malaysia, a US spokesman said on Thursday.

As the US President Barack Obama had discussed with the Malaysian prime minister in his last visit to the country, the center would be established to counter DAESH ideologies and tactics, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said.  

Earnest insisted the necessity to partner with Muslim countries and their leaders in order to defeat DAESH.

"The United States government is probably not going to be the most effective voice to try to counter them," he said.

He added that DAESH “has a rather sophisticated operation when it comes to social media.”

The first online center was established in Abu Dhabi last year through a joint effort by the US and United Arab Emirates, making it the first multinational engagement to support the US efforts to fight DAESH.

The center dubbed “Sawab”, which means “the right path” in Arabic, would provide a quick and immediate online response to counter DAESH propaganda, recruitment and fundraising thru social media designed to attract foreigners and youth to fight alongside the group especially in Iraq and Syria.  

According to the US State Department, "The Sawab center will increase the intensity of online debate by presenting moderate and tolerant voices from across the region and amplifying inclusive and constructive narratives."

DAESH had declared a caliphate in 2014, announcing the Syrian city of Raqqa as its capital. The group has control of large swathes of territory that extends from northwestern Iraq to northeastern of Syria.

TRTWorld and agencies