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What Is the Syrian Electronic Army Trying to Accomplish, Anyway?

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Anti al-Assad rally, Rome

A rally against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Rome.

Credit: Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images

In June 2011, just a few short months after protests first erupted in Syria, the country's president, Bashar Al-Assad, made a speech in which he thanked a group called the "Syrian Electronic Army" (SEA). Calling it a "virtual army in cyberspace," Al-Assad praised the group for its effort in trying to shape the Syrian narrative.

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