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    Europol Forms New Unit to Counter Terrorism Propaganda

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    According to EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator Gilles de Kerchove, a special unit of the European Police Office’s [Europol] to counter propaganda of radical Islam and terrorism began work on Wednesday.

    BRUSSELS (Sputnik) A special unit of the European Police Office’s [Europol] to counter propaganda of radical Islam and terrorism began work on Wednesday, EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator Gilles de Kerchove said.

    "This unit will inform Internet companies of illegal content to expand counter-propaganda," de Kerchove told RIA Novosti.

    According to the coordinator, the initiative will help tackle religious radicalization and the recruitment of Europeans by terrorist organizations.

    The Islamic State, a militant group that controls large territories in Syria and Iraq, has specifically targeted young people by using social networking websites to recruit thousands of foreign fighters.

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