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Shadow marketing campaign: International affect op goals Qatar in wartime


Shady websites calling for a boycott of Qatar, a New York billboard targeting the Gulf state’s rulers, and a Vietnamese outfit floating hundreds of slander-ridden Facebook ads — all elements of a sprawling influence operation vilifying the country as it mediates between Israel and Hamas.

The murky operation, which began late last year and spans multiple countries, is the largest ever to target the wealthy emirate, disinformation researchers say, as the nine-month war between Israel and the Palestinian militant group rages on.

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