Al Jazeera quotes Rafik Hariri Center Resident Fellow Faysal Itani on the propaganda pamphlets dropped over Raqqa in the campaign against ISIS:
Faysal Itani, a Fellow at the Atlantic Center in Washington who studies the various groups fighting in Syria’s civil war, said anyone in Raqqa thinking of joining ISIS is either ideologically committed or coerced.
“Members of the first category are likely immune to leaflet propaganda, especially if distributed by an air force that has been bombing Raqqa,” Itani told DC Dispatches.
“They are stuck between the regime, ISIS [ISIL], and air strikes by a coalition that is now trying to discourage them from joining its enemies. Living as they do in such an environment, it is rather distasteful and absurd to discourage Raqqawis from joining ISIS by linking it to violent death,” Itani said.