U.S. official talks to Alhurra about new communication hub in the UAE

Under Secretary of State for Public Affairs and Public Diplomacy Richard Stengel sat down with Alhurra Television to discuss the newly opened Sawab Center in Abu Dhabi and the fight to counter messaging from ISIL. Stengel stated that the goal of the Center, a joint American/Emirati project is “to create content, messages, that counter Daash’s social media strength and sophistication.” Daash is another term used for ISIL.  He went on to say that the Sawab Center will coordinate the messaging and content from among the coalition partners that are united against ISIL.

Alhurra Interviews Under Secretary Stengel

Screengrab of interview with Under Secretary Stengel. Arabic writing on the lower thirds.

In an interview with Alhurra’s State Department Correspondent, Michel Ghandour, Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Richard Stengel discussed the ideological battle against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIL) and the flow of foreign fighters.