Tuesday, July 23, 2013

A "Very Special Fun Day" in Syria-Who Says Jihadis Don't Know How To Have A Good Time?

Sounds like a blast!

"While media coverage of Islamist faction Islamic State of Iraq and As-Sham in Syria has focused on that group’s military and political activities, a series of videos posted this week gives a glimpse into how the group is attempting to win over local hearts and minds."

"These videos show the group running a Ramadan event for children, apparently in Aleppo."

"The festivities include a speech by a foreign fighter who explains why he has come to Syria to fight against Bashar al-Assad, a Quran competition for girls, a friendly tug-of-war between the Islamic State of Iraq and Islamist faction Jabhat al-Nusra, and a competition for boys involving having them attempt to eat a bowl of what looks to be cream, without using their hands."

"The festivities are fully branded to the Islamic State of Iraq, with a table at the event displaying logo-ed Islamic State of Iraq products, including what seem to be posters or banners."