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ISIS hunt for kittens as fatwa is declared banning cat breeding

  • They claim the decree is in line with their “vision, ideology and beliefs”
  • Residents in the Iraqi city have been warned against violating the ban
  • The terrorist group have previously used pictures of cats to attract recruits
  • In 2014 15,000 new jihadists flocked to Iraq and Syria to join the fight

Jihadi fighters are hunting down kittens in the Iraqi city of Mosul after a fatwa on cat-breeders was issued by senior ISIS clerics.

The new law forbids the indoor breeding of cats inside the Islamic State’s ‘caliphate’ and claims to be in line with the jihadists’ “vision, ideology and beliefs”.

Residents of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul were warned not to violate the ban which was declared on Tuesday, as ISIS fighters began searching their houses for kittens, Iraqi News reported.


The purge will come as a surprise to many after the terrorist group deliberately posted pictures of kittens on social media in a bid to attract new breed of young fighters.

A UN report in 2014 showed thousands of jihadists had flocked to Iraq and Syria after seeing pictures of cats posed alongside AK-47s and in the arms of masked terrorists. 15,000 fighters from 80 countries joined the fight after seeing their posts on social media.

The move was a deliberate attempt to groom youngsters into joining the terrorist group, said the report. ISIS understand and recognise ‘the terror and recruitment value of multi-channel, multi-language social and other media messaging,’ it said, adding that by embracing the



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