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Militants and accomplices of the Islamic State (ISIL, or Daesh in Arabic) extremist group use European Internet service providers to disseminate their propaganda and such European operators know the coordinates of these users, who are reportedly based in Syria and Iraq, German media reported Friday.
BERLIN (Sputnik) — The militant group is known for recruiting people from all over the world via social networks.
The publication cites documents that show that at least several hundred sets of equipment, including satellite dishes and modems for receiving and transmitting signals, are installed in Daesh-occupied territories. These devices are connected to satellite installations operations by European firms, including British Avanti Communications and French Eutelsat.
"Spiegel Online received 2014 and 2015 GPS coordinates, and this data shows that the facilities are precisely in Daesh-controlled areas, many are stationed in the Syrian city of Aleppo, that was only partially seized by the militants. Other locations are in the Daesh capital of Raqqah, Al Bab, Deir ez Zor, and along the Euphrates to Iraq…," the article reads.
According to the media outlet, the technology and the Internet access are sold through a network company-distributors. The equipment is delivered via Turkey.
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