The new weapon against the Islamic State is... Looney Tunes?
Television networks in the Middle East have started showing a Looney Tunes-style cartoon poking fun at militant Islamists fighting for the Islamic State (IS).
The satirical animation mocks the jihadists' radical ideas and portrays the group as narcissistic, deluded and obsessed with a literal interpretation of Islam that forces them go to ridiculous lengths to ensure they do not use any item that wasn't available in the 7th Century.
IS fighters earlier this year after declaring the establishment of a caliphate in the large swaths of the Middle East under their control, have themselves repeatedly created slick recruitment videos to spread their radical message.
Last week the group, whose campaign of mass shootings and beheadings have been condemned as too extreme even by notorious terrorist organisation al-Qaeda, were described by David Cameron as a 'greater and deeper threat' to international security than had been known in recent times.
In response to the Islamic State's campaign of terror in Syria and Iraq, television networks throughout the Middle East have embraced cartoons and comedy to ridicule the group's radical views.
The Looney Tunes-style cartoon depicts a hapless young IS militant struggling to carry out simple tasks; first dropping a rocket launcher on to the foot of his commander before accidentally shooting him when he holds his weapon the wrong way round while firing towards an Iraq military checkpoint.
The programme is just one of many being shown around the Middle East to mock IS and, although very few directly confront the group, they are all clearly intended to challenge and undermine their radical interpretation of Islam, and make the group look ridiculous in the eyes of potential recruits.
'These people are not a true representation of Islam and so by mocking them. It is a way to show we are against them,' said Nabil Assaf - writer and producer on Lebanon's IS-mocking Ktir Salbe Show. 'Of course it's a sensitive issue, but this is one way to reject extremism and make it so the people are not afraid,' he added.
Even the sickening videos of mass shootings conducted by IS have become comedic fodder. Palestinian television channel al-Falastiniya aired a skit showing two militants shoot Muslim civilians for their lack of knowledge on the number of times to kneel during prayers - all the while reminiscing over the beautiful women and best party neighborhoods they'd visited in Beirut.
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