Protest Against Bashar al-Assad’s Regime Mistaken for Chilling ISIS Threat


This article has been revised. Originally, I posted this as an ISIS threat but discovered about five minutes later that it was a protest against al-Assad. ISIS is certainly capable of this type of crime and they have done some horrific things to children but in this case, it was not their doing.

A photo of children in a cage being threatened with burning is not what it appears to be. It’s a protest by Syrian activists and the children are not under threat. It’s been sent around the Internet – accidentally – as a legitimate ISIS threat but it’s not.

It was originally sent out via an Iraqi website.

The activists wanted to make a point about the killing of children with chemical weapons by Assad, suggesting that Assad is like ISIS.

From Yahoo News:

Children carry banners inside a cage during a protest, against forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, in Douma Eastern Al-Ghouta, near Damascus, February 15, 2015. The protest, which made children wear orange suits depicting victims of the Islamic State, calls to compare forces loyal to Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad to Islamic State forces, and to draw attention to residents living under seige and dieing from strikes by forces …

The children are fine, relatively. There could be psychological damage.

captive children

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