US drops graphic anti-Daesh leaflets over Syria

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US drops graphic anti-Daesh leaflets over Syria

The Pentagon said a US Air Force F-15 warplane dropped about 60,000 of the leaflets on March 16.

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Published: Sat 28 Mar 2015, 1:18 PM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 10:11 PM

The US Department of Defense has dropped tens of thousands of these graphic leaflets southwest of Raqqa, Syria, to discourage Daesh recruitment. Photo: Reuters

Washington - The United States has dropped tens of thousands of graphic leaflets southwest of the Syrian city of Raqqa aimed at discouraging Daesh recruitment, officials said on Thursday.

The grisly, cartoon-style leaflets show recruits lining up to be shoved into a meatgrinder and is part of what the Pentagon formally calls “Military Information Support Operations,” or MISO, meant to influence thinking on the battlefield.

The Pentagon said a US Air Force F-15 warplane dropped about 60,000 of the leaflets on March 16.

“The message of this leaflet is that if you allow yourself to be recruited by Daesch, you will find yourself in a meat grinder,” said Pentagon spokesman Colonel Steve Warren. “It’s not beneficial to your health.”

The US military has long employed such campaigns in wartime but Warren said this was first of its kind in Syria he was aware of since the United States began bombings in the country last September.



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