Why the Pentagon Announced the U.S. Airstrike in Iraq in a Tweet

These days, the Obama administration is trying to make its own national security announcements before everyone else does.

Iraqis who fled violence in the northern city of Tal Afar, walk at the Bahrka camp that hosts displaced people in the Kurdistan region on July 12.
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Marina Koren
Aug. 8, 2014, 7:23 a.m.

It’s a mo­ment­ous tweet, and one that shows an ad­min­is­tra­tion that is in­creas­ingly try­ing to get ahead of its own ma­jor na­tion­al se­cur­ity an­nounce­ments through so­cial me­dia. When The New York Times re­por­ted that U.S. forces had car­ried out air­strikes on at least two tar­gets of the Is­lam­ic State in Ir­aq and Syr­ia, the Pentagon went first to Twit­ter to deny it, sev­er­al hours be­fore Pres­id­ent Obama gave an of­fi­cial state­ment lay­ing out his plans.

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