ISIL militants have set up giant TV screens as propaganda in the Iraqi city of Ramadi to proclaim that they will seize more Iraqi territory after capturing the provincial capital last month.
Efforts by the Shi’ite Muslim-led government and its American allies to break the hardline group’s control of about a third of Iraq are focused on Ramadi, in the Sunni Muslim heartland Anbar province.
“They have started to show videos of their military operations in Iraq and also show confessions by captured soldiers,” said the owner of a food shop near one of the screens in central Ramadi.
“Some programmes are encouraging young men to abide by Islamic norms and also show military training of young men on carrying arms and how to fight,” he said.
The Iraqi government, whose army has largely proved ineffective against the insurgents, relies heavily on Iranian-backed Shi’ite militias as well as on US-led airstrikes to slow the momentum of Isil, which it describes as terrorists.
Last week, President Barack Obama deployed 450 more US troops to Anbar to assist Iraqi forces in retaking territory lost to Isil.