As real bombs fall on Iraq, a Twitter battle rages between supporters of ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria or just the Islamic State) and Americans, who are using the respective tags #AMessageFromISISToUS and #AMessageFromUSToISIS to pen threatening and demeaning messages in less than 140 characters, with lots of references to sex with goats.
The tag war broke out on Friday, with #AMessageFromISISToUS striking first with a tweet announcing the hashtag would be used to send warning messages to the United States. #AMessageFromUSToISIS was used just over an hour later. #AMessageFromISISToUS has been filled with photos of beheadings, photos of the 9/11 attacks and the ugly consequences of America’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
â€” أبُـوالوليد الشيشاني (@s_1020_s) August 9, 2014
— أبو البراء المدني (@3_obadah) August 8, 2014
This photo and a few others like it have gotten attention:
â€” ترجمان الأساورتي (@AsawirtiMedia) August 9, 2014
Opponents of ISIS have now taken to #AMessageFromISISToUS as well, posting their thoughts on radical Islam and the superiority of American and Western military in memes and photos. At the height of its use on Friday, #AMessageFromISISToUS was tweeted more than 35,000 times:
â€” Janie Johnson (@jjauthor) August 11, 2014
#AmessagefromUStoISIS Eat s**t and die!
â€” D. Slayden (@SlaydenD) August 11, 2014
â€” watching_you (@watching_you_) August 11, 2014
Here are a few tweets on the "classier" side of #AMessageFromUSToISIS:
— I Yam What I Yam (@Nvr4Get91101) August 11, 2014
— BlahBlahBlah (@aroadwarrior1) August 9, 2014
â€” Commodore Decatur (@ComodoreDecatur) August 8, 2014
A few users are taking the opportunity to air out their political stances as well:
â€” SE Smith (@exodus_2011) August 11, 2014
â€” BJ Tucker (@Sorley_Boy) August 9, 2014