By Courtney Trenwith
Cartoon leaflets depicting extremists being fed into a meat grinder have been dropped over a Syrian town in a bid to dissuade recruits from joining ISIL
The US military has dropped 60,000 graphic leaflets on a Syrian town in a bid to dissuade extremists from supporting ISIL, the Pentagon has said.
The cartoon leaflets depict extremist recruits being fed into a meat grinder and were spread over the town of Ar Raqqa, on the north bank of the Euphrates river, about 160km west of Aleppo.
An F-15E fighter jet dropped the grisly leaflets on March 16 to counter ISIL’s own extensive propaganda and recruiting efforts.
“The message of this leaflet is: if you find yourself recruited by Daesh, you will find yourself in a meat grinder — and it’s not beneficial to your health,” said Pentagon spokesman Colonel Steven Warren, using the Arabic acronym for the ISIL group, according to US media reports.
The leaflets were created by the US military’s team of psychologists, The Washington Times reported.
USA Today said the Pentagon had spent more than $1 billion on propaganda publications and broadcasts to influence attitudes and behaviour in the Middle East.
“It’s trying to set the stage for an internal uprising against ISIL,” said Nicholas Heras, an ISIL expert at the Center for a New American Security, USA Today reported.