Buck up, little campers: Al Qaeda tries to boost jihadi morale

The film opens with footage of ISI fighters slaughtering a sheep and preparing a festive meal. Most of what follows are scenes of ISI fighters sitting in groups and chanting hymns glorifying jihad, martyrdom, and so forth. The video also portrays jihadis wrestling and grappling playfully, as well as jihadis gathered around listening to an amusing combat tale told by one of their comrades.

In one of the fillers between these scenes, the video’s narrator says: “The mujahid’s life is not a bitter life… full of hardship, sorrow, and fear, as the enemies of Allah portray it. On the contrary, it is a life full of happiness and optimism, contentment and certitude.”