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VOA Extremism Watch Desk

VOA is providing hard-hitting news coverage of Islamic State and terrorism activities in Turkey, Iraq, Syria and other parts of the world on varied platforms – radio, television, online and social media. In addition, it provides coverage of U.S. policies and activities to address the IS threat.

Quick Facts

Established: October 2015

Staff: Nine

Languages: Eight

Target Area: Global

Facebook: VOA extremism

Twitter: @VOA_extremism

Web: The Desk has a permanent place on VOANews.com where content is curated and disseminated to a worldwide audience in English.

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The Extremism Watch Desk is pursuing content in eight different languages -- Arabic, Kurdish Kurmanji, Kurdish Sorani, Persian, Urdu, Pashtu, Turkish, Hindi, and Russian -- focused on IS and extremist activities of other groups.

Content is translated into English and is shared with VOA’s 47 language services, VOA Central News and our BBG colleagues at MBN, RFE/RL and Alhurra.

Extremism Watch desk monitors news related to extremism around the world. It takes an in-depth look at the stories behind the headlines to give audiences what most Western media do not report.

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