ISIS doesn’t appear to think things through.
The terrorist organization set hundreds of U.S.-made crates of Halal chicken on fire in Aleppo, according to reports.
— Charles Lister (@Charles_Lister) April 1, 2015
The chicken was torched after militants with the group noticed the boxes said the birds were killed in the United States. The images of the burning chicken were then posted on ISIS-operated social media accounts, and it was later picked up by the SITE intelligence group.
Even though it might seem funny–or just bizarre–it’s no joke, as there’s nearly 10 million Syrians who are in need of food assistance, says the U.N.
In the photos, the boxes of chicken have the logo of Illinois-based Koch Foods. The box labels say the chicken is Halal, but SITE says ISIS claims the birds were “slaughtered unlawfully,” according to Foreign Policy magazine.
The burning of the chicken highlights a problem with ISIS: The group can win battles and implement its strict version of Sharia law, but it can’t govern at all.
“In many areas the group has struggled to govern effectively and appears to have prioritized the implementation of its strict laws over basic services such as providing clean drinking water,” writes Foreign Policy’s Elias Groll. “Heavy on fighters and ideologues and short on engineers and administrators, the group ends up taking absurd actions such as burning hundreds of chickens amid a food crisis.”
It has been reported that in ISIS stronghold Raqqa, electricity and water are available for only three hours per day.
On Wednesday, ISIS fighter made their deepest foray yet toward Damascus, briefly seizing parts of a Palestinian refugee camp on the edge of the Syrian capital.
While they do not yet threaten Assad’s hold on power, the rebel gains are likely to raise further questions among frustrated supporters about his ability to end the war.
“The apparent collapse of government defenses in Idlib has punched a gaping hole in the government’s narrative of approaching victory and boosted the opposition politically as well as militarily, spelling trouble for Bashar Assad,” wrote Syria expert Aron Lund in an article published on the Syria Comment blog.
On Thursday, plumes of smoke billowed from the Syrian side of the border with Jordan, as Syrian warplanes and helicopters bombed the areas, trying to slow down the advances by rebels who seized the Nasib border crossing.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.