Syria: Al-Qaeda arm 'stages fun day'

Al-Qaeda's Syrian arm has been promoting itself to children with a "fun day" in the war-torn second city of Aleppo, it appears.

Islamists from Iraq joined forces with some Syrian counterparts to form the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham earlier this year. And their latest tactic to "win over local hearts and minds" was to organise a friendly Ramadan festival with tug of war, hands-free cream-eating competitions for boys and Koran readings for girls, according to the Middle East analysis site EA World View.

It re-posts YouTube videos of the event, filmed by pro-opposition Halab News, showing Islamist logos on display. One features a young girl showing off her ability to recite the Prophet Muhammad's family tree. Islamist factions with links to al-Qaeda have claimed to be behind most of the suicide bombings in Syria since the uprising began in March 2011.

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