Foreign Policy: The international coalition is using smartphones in Iraq and Syria
The American "Foreign Policy" magazine revealed that the international coalition, led by the United States, has resorted to a new weapon of its kind to be used in Syria and Iraq, which is smart phones.
And she indicated that , last August, American soldiers in [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] obtained a set of smartphones, by order of the former spokesman for the International Coalition, Miles Caggins.
Cagener was quoted by the magazine as saying, "I am absolutely sure it is the first time that soldiers have had an iPhone 11 Pro Max. This is a huge achievement."
The phones symbolize a greater challenge facing the international coalition, especially American soldiers, which is to combat the false news spreading in [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] Syria, and also to clarify the mission of the coalition.
"The United States must confront a complex information war led by groups loyal to Iran, the Syrian regime, and Russia, which aims to erode confidence in [url=https://www.thebaghdadpost.com/ar/Story/t/56/%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%AA%D8%AD%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%81 %D8%A7%D9%84%D8%AF%D9%88%D9%84%D9%8A]the international coalition's[/url] mission in [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] Syria," Foreign Policy said.
Over the past six months, Iraqi militias loyal to Iran have intensified their missile and IED attacks targeting US interests in Iraq.
And online, pro-Iranian groups, such as Hizbullah al-Nujaba, posted videos of the attacks to send a message to Washington. It also echoes allegations that the embassy in [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] a US cover for a new military base in Iraq.
And in Syria, Iranian media publish daily allegations of Americans stealing Syrian oil.
While US patrols in Syria face harassment from Russian ground forces, Russian officials and media seek to portray the confrontations as an American mistake.
According to Foreign Policy, this combination of military confrontation in [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] Syria, e-mails intended for domestic consumption and regional leaders aims to undermine the American presence.
In an unprecedented move in late September, Washington told [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] that if the attacks on the American embassy and personnel did not stop, the United States would withdraw from its huge embassy complex.
When Miles Caggins arrived in [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] in August 2019, he noticed the marginal link between coalition officers in [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] their counterparts in the SDF despite having worked together for four years. Even the coalition's Twitter account did not follow the account of Mustafa Bali, the spokesman for the SDF north. Syria.
Caggins was the first official spokesman for the coalition to tweet in Kurdish, and communicate with his counterparts in Syria to coordinate messages.
The coalition's use of tweets to send messages to adversaries and partners on the ground underscores the way wars are affected by social media today.
Caggins described the rumors of attacks on US convoys in Syria as "fake news," expressing his solidarity with the tribes in the Euphrates Valley who have suffered from the massacres of ISIS.
Foreign Policy said, "The tribes are strengthening the coalition's role in protecting the oil fields today, and that curbing pro-Iran fake news is also essential to deter escalation."
Caggins played a major role in pioneering new technology, tweeting in the Kurdish language, developing local relationships, and lobbying for proactive use of social media.
Caggins left office last month, but his vision could change the way the United States fights future wars and clarifies the struggle Washington has faced at this pivotal moment in Baghdad.
Caggins is a high-ranking black man who served in a unique public office at a time when the United States was going through a deep confrontation with racism at home.
Florin Pulisi said his skin tone helped him form relationships with locals in places like Iraq.
And when the demonstrations began condemning the killing of African American George Floyd, by the police in the United States, he said that many Kurds had sent him messages expressing their solidarity because they also faced historical discrimination in [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] And Syria.
Caggins stresses the importance of "this proximity, along with the color of my skin and the understanding of those who have remained marginalized and persecuted. And kind of conversations like the one he had with the spokesman for the Iraqi prime minister, Mullah Talal, when he said hello to him, Colonel, you look like one of us."
Caggins arrived in [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] last year as the coalition military spokesman. He is a veteran of the early years of the American war in Iraq, and he served in Diyala province in 2003, and moved to the general affairs of the army in 2006 and was a public affairs officer in the First Armored Division in southern [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] in 2009-2010.
Caggins found sitting in an office at a base near the US embassy in [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] not the best way to do his job. And that was the reason for requesting phones for his soldiers. "The enemies of the United States in [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] Syria are increasingly using smartphones at all times to record incidents," says Foreign Policy.
Responding to these incidents requires getting information first and being able to record the other side of the story. Foreign Policy criticizes the lack of this technological possibility for US efforts in [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] for several years.
But she said, "Concerns about operational security, budgets, or the wrong types of images being released seem to have prevented the Department of Defense from distributing certified smartphones among public affairs officers."
The aim of the pressure for the use of more modern technology, such as smartphones, to help in the rapid response in the electronic battlefield and try to humanize the mission of the coalition. It was also an attempt to reassure US partners on the ground.
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