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ISIS launches 'holiday brochure'; includes swimming & beekeeping to lure wannabe jihadis

News Agencies | Updated on: 13 February 2017, 3:34 IST

In a bid to lure wannabe jihadists, the Islamic State has come out with a bizarre online 'holiday brochure' offering travellers swimming, sunshine and beekeeping in war-torn Iraq.

The new holiday brochure offers tourists sunshine, swimming and the opportunity to sample local delicacies in an exotic locale.

But to enjoy the facilities one will have to travel to war-torn lands under the control of the Islamic State.

The jihadi spin doctors released the new brochure showing men diving in the Tigris river in Iraq, enjoying swimming at a picturesque pool and even beekeepers and the honey they produce.

The pool pictures showing men enjoying a swim come after a recent Islamic State video showed the execution of four men by drowning as they were put in a cage and lowered into a pool. The terror group has been running a sophisticated propaganda operation that extols the virtues of their new regime.

Last month, IS posted pictures of tempting choc bars, a bridal boutique and a shopping mall to lure British jihadists to Mosul in Iraq. They have also boasted of the five-star Nineveh hotel on the river Tigris that has been reopened.

The IS led by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, a former al-Qaida commander in Iraq, has gone on to build a global network of affiliates and branches that now stretches from Afghanistan to West Africa.

Meanwhile, Islamic State supporters have reportedly also launched an Android app, allowing others to keep up with news and videos as they are released.

The app allows supporters to see new releases from the group, giving them live feeds sorted into categories like "photos reports, daily al-Bayan Radio news bulletins, and video productions", according to SITE Intelligence Group, an American for-profit consultancy that tracks terrorist activity.


First published: 7 August 2015, 9:48 IST