Article In ISIS Weekly Warns Against Cellphone Use By Fighters

November 23, 2016

Issue 55 of the Islamic State (ISIS) weekly newsletter Al-Naba’, released online on November 17, 2016, featured an article warning of the dangers of cell phone use by the mujahideen.

The article opens with a general description of phone technology and communications, and explains how “the enemies” tap them in order to fight the mujahideen.


The article focuses on the fact that a fighter’s location can be discovered if he has a cellphone on him by triangulating his position from the phone signal and the cell towers around him. It further explained the special identification number for phones, known as the International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI), and how it is used in tracking the mujahideen as well.

This is the second technical article to appear in Al-Naba’ following an article on electronic warfare.

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