As Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants wreak havoc in Iraq, battling the country’s armed forces, the Iraqi government is using a rather unusual public service announcement to try to get more people to oppose ISIS.
It opens with a scene showing a snake slithering through a tree outside a building with an “ISIS” flag outside.
Inside the shady building, a bearded man – presumably portraying an ISIS mastermind – is shown playing with two snakes and a dagger. Suddenly, an Iraqi soldier kicks open the door, shining light on the man who bursts into flames.
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It’s quite understandable why the government of Iraq needs such PSAs to gather more people on its side since there are quite a lot of people that see ISIS as their savior – reportedly due to the biased attitude of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki towards minorities.
Apparently, the nine-year Shia dominance over Iraq, established after the removal of Saddam Hussein, angered other Islamic sects and ethnic groups such as the Sunnis and Kurds.
This weakness in Maliki’s government greatly favored the notorious terrorist organization ISIS, which is predominantly Sunni.
While the Iraqi authorities are airing anti-militant ads on state television, the ISIS is running a propaganda machine of its own. They are airing videos that show off weapons, men and other things they are using to take over cities and villages.
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