Why do Islamic State fighters never post pictures of themselves without guns?

Here’s a posting you are unlikely to ever see on the Islamic State’s social media accounts.

A burly Isil volunteer, fresh from the streets of London, has just made his way to the “Caliphate”, and is assigned his first role as a loyal soldier of the Islamic State.

Rather than getting a Kalashnikov or an RPG, though, he’s handed a basket of chickens and eggs, and assigned to the rather less exciting “roadside poultry sales division”.

“We’re short of cash, brother,” his commander tells him. “Go out and flog these to a few old ladies in the street.”