July 23, 2015

Grisly propaganda bomb targets ISIL

Featuring Nicholas Heras

Source: USA Today

Journalist Tom Vanden Brook

WASHINGTON – The Pentagon on Thursday released a copy of its latest propaganda leaflet, appearing to urge young Syrians to reject the Islamic State with an illustration that echoes comic book super heroes.

The leaflets, titled Freedom Is Rising, shows four armed fighters, striding through a hellish scene at dawn, bodies of militants from the group also known as ISIL or ISIS, strewn at their feet. Warplanes for the U.S.-led coalition dropped about 50,000 of the leaflets on July 18 north of Raqqa, the capital of the group's self-proclaimed state, said Army Maj. Curtis Kellogg, a military spokesman.

The leaflet's graphic nature, including what looks like an eviscerated, dead militant, borrows imagery from graphic novels or comic books aimed at a younger audience, said Nicholas Heras, a researcher with the Middle East Security Program at the Center for a New American Security.

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  • Nicholas Heras

    Former Fellow, Middle East Security Program

    Nicholas A. Heras is a former Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), working in the Middle East Security Program. His work focused on the analysis of complex...