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US airdrops anti-Isis propaganda cartoon over Syrian city of Raqqa

Graphic cartoon shows queued Syrians being fed into meat grinder by Isis militants as part of US strategy to combat tech-savvy Isis recruitment tactics.

The latest US attempt at combatting the Islamic State’s social-media-borne propaganda is decidedly low-tech: leaflet drops displaying a grisly cartoon that portrays the jihadist army as indifferent murders.

While Isis spreads its message through web and mobile media platforms like Twitter, US air force F-15Es dropped 60,000 paper leaflets over Raqqa, its Syrian capital. The drop, on 16 March, was not announced in the daily tally of air strikes provided by the military command in charge of the Iraq-Syria air war.

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