The death of a top ISIS recruiter in a recent drone strike eliminated one of the terror group's most potent weapons in its social media war against the U.S. and its allies, according to U.S. intelligence sources. British national Junaid Hussain was killed by a U.S. drone strike in Raqqa, Syria on August 24, as has been widely reported, and some intelligence officials say they're already seeing the impact of his absence. Husain had tried to recruit Americans for attacks within U.S. borders, but ISIS social media activity is already somewhat lower, and there have been no credible threats against Pope Francis, now traveling in the U.S.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.