Baghdad propaganda series mocks belief that IS was created by CIA, Israel
The trailer that Iraqiya state TV had been showing several times a day for weeks plays on a belief widely held in Iraq that IS was created by the CIA, Israel and Gulf monarchies to sow chaos.
With the United States now leading an aerial bombing campaign which also involves several Gulf countries against IS in Iraq and Syria, the Iraqi Media Network production company had to order a last-minute reshoot.
The first version of the trailer, which is still widely available on the Internet, opens with a cartoon-like devil character brandishing a fork leading a column of jihadist fighters through the desert.
He is met with open arms by an ostensibly American character in full cowboy attire who leads him into a tent for an arranged marriage.
‘State of Superstition’
The bride is a Jewish princess — a large star of David hangs around her neck to make that clear — who is escorted to her nuptial nest by a woman whose sunglasses and bright green pantsuit are an unmistakeable reference to Qatar’s first lady Sheikha Mozah.
She and the cowboy were dropped from the new version of the opening clip for the series, whose title loosely translates as “State of Superstition” and is a play on the Arabic word for caliphate.
The Joker of Batman fame, Dracula and a dwarf are among the random mix of characters in the background, all dancing to the series’ catchy theme song, a parody of a known IS anthem.
The next scene shows the result of the union between the Jewish bride and the devil.
“The egg hatched, a little IS-ling emerged,” the song goes.