Al-Qaeda members in Syria hosted a “fun day,” including ice cream eating contests, Koran readings and tug-a-war games, for children in the city of Aleppo.
The “fun day” — a Ramadan festival — was part of an effort to promote al-Qaeda's cause and win over the “hearts and minds” of local Islamists in the area, according to MSN.
Aleppo is Syria’s largest city and has grown war weary in the last two years, according to CBS News.
Halab News captured videos of the “fun day,” displaying children reading from the Koran and eating ice cream without using their hands, according to BBC News.
Iraqi and Syrian Islamists collaborated to create the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham — an effort to unite the Islamist community and build a united front — earlier this year.
Syrian rebels with ties to al-Qaeda have said they are the root of the majority of suicide bombings in Syria since the uprising began two years ago.