Looks like it’s not just the Syrian dictator Bashar al Assad who is enjoying the international community’s attention diverted toward the Islamic State militants. His henchmen, it seems, are also taking out time to have some fun.
Recently, several members of a notorious pro-Assad group known as the “Shabiha” published dozens of pictures online, documenting their daily lives.
In the photos, these huge, muscular men can be seen holding machine guns, riding motorcycles and even hugging each other.
It is believed that this could be one of Shabiha’s tactics to invoke fear into the hearts of their enemies – but it could also prove to be counter-productive, considering how uncomfortably charming these hooligans appear in the photographs.