Hearts, Minds, And Teeth — Nusra Hands Out Tooth Twigs In Syria Propaganda Push

l-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate, Jabhat al-Nusra, has published a series of propaganda images showing its militants handing out “miswak sticks” — or teeth-cleaning twigs — to Syrians in the northern part of Aleppo Province.

The photos were shared on the social network VKontakte on August 12 by Nusra’s Russian-language media wing, White Minaret.

They show smiling militants from Nusra’s Uzbek-led battalion Katiba Sayfullah Shishani handing out the twigs, which according to some hadith — collections of statements attributed to Muhammad — were recommended by the Muslim Prophet.