- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Al Qaeda advocates reached out via Twitter in search of ways to improve its public relations, but were roundly ridiculed by “American infidels” who encouraged the terrorist organization to start a boy band and yoga training for jihadists.

Business Insider reported that the al Qaeda “trolling” started Tuesday when J.M. Berger, a counter-terrorism expert and author of “Jihad Joe: Americans Who Go To War In The Name Of Jihad,” translated an extremist brainstorming session on the social networking site under the hashtag “Suggestions_to_Develop_Jihadist_Media.”

“Hey everybody, Al Qaeda is using this hashtag to solicit ideas for media ops,” Mr. Berger wrote in reply to the original tweet. “You should all send some.”

After a series of mocking replies, the poster who began the hashtag voiced their frustration.

“#Suggestions_to_Develop_Jihadist_Media The American Infidels take part in the hashtag,” was tweeted. A frown-face emoticon punctuated the message.

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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