The BBC has seen an online video of a British man recruiting people over the internet to fight jihad in Syria. The man, who is not identified but speaks with a London accent, is seen loading and firing a gun into the air. The video invites Muslims to leave the "gangster life behind and join the life of jihad". It has not been possible to verify its authenticity but an online extremism expert says it is a sign of al-Qaeda's growing "brand" in Syria.
A US terror trial has this week been told about UK links to a 2009 New York subway suicide bomb plot and has heard how a British militant allegedly instructed three men to attack America. The connections were revealed in the trial of Adis Medunjanin, a 27-year-old Bosnian-born US citizen, who denies involvement in the plot. He stands accused of joining two other men in planning "to strap bombs to their bodies and walk into crowded New York City subway cars that were filled with innocent people".
The jailing of Royal Marine Ciarรกn Maxwell for terror offences raises troubling questions for the military. How was an Irish republican with links to violent dissidents able to infiltrate an elite Royal Navy unit and evade detection for so long? For five years, Maxwell researched, acquired and stockpiled an arsenal of weapons, including material stolen from his base. A former Army officer has called for an overhaul of the vetting system.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".