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How ISIS and Al-Qaeda Are Recruiting With Food Porn

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Al-Nusra member prepare food for fighters — Al-Nusra Front
May 06, 2015 at 1:54 PM ET

ISIS and al-Qaeda are embroiled in what appears to be an all out food porn war on social media.

The extremist groups have embarked on a propaganda campaign on both unofficial and official channels showcasing mouthwatering food they say their members are lucky enough to enjoy. The images are yet another recruiting method the groups are using to bring more fighters into their ranks.

Jabhat al-Nusra, a branch of al-Qaeda operating in Syria, recently released a video featuring a handful of members preparing scrumptious-looking meals for al-Nusra members fighting against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces. Official ISIS Twitter accounts and individual ISIS members have shared similar food pictures. The posted photos run the gamut from shots of candy to massive banquet style spreads, and several feature food alongside guns and other weapons.

Photos from both groups—ISIS and al-Nusra alike—come with the hashtag #استراحة_مجاهد which roughly translates to “mujahid relaxation.” The hashtag was previously used by the groups’ official propaganda wings and unofficially by members during other campaigns aimed at depicting fighters’ lives as ideal.

The images provide a stark contrast with those emerging from famine-stricken areas under ISIS control. In Yarmouk, a Syrian refugee camp near Damascus, thousands are without food and have been struggling since ISIS took the area over in April.

Translation: The Caliphate dogs are eating meat and the Syrians are starving to death.

Translation: In Raqqa, people are racing to secure their food while the state of oppression and their Saudi donkeys are eating the best food in the restaurants. 

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