After a selection of tunes, the presenter with an American accent offers “a glimpse at our main headlines.” ISIS extremists have just seized three Iraqi cities. A bomb blows up a factory, killing everyone inside. Extremists destroy four enemy Hummers and an armored vehicle.
The newscast’s tone sounds much like National Public Radio in the United States. But this is Al-Bayan, the ISIS radio targeting European recruits — touting recent triumphs in the campaign to carve out a Caliphate.
All news is good news for Al-Bayan’s “soldiers of the Caliphate.” In this narrative, the enemy always flees in disgrace or is killed. The broadcasts end with a swell of music and a gentle English message: “We thank our listeners for tuning in.”