US Army To Produce Comic Aimed at the Middle East

BBC News has uncovered an interesting story in which the US Government, through its Federal Business Opportunity Web site, is inviting applications for a company or individual to develop a comic book aimed at reaching the youth in the Middle East.

The ad says, "In order to achieve long-term peace and stability in the Middle East, the youth need to be reached. One effective means of influencing youth is through the use of comic books. A series of comic books provides the opportunity for youth to learn lessons, develop role models and improve their education."

According to the BBC, the comic is to be a collaborative effort with the US Army and it's US Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, home to the Army's 4th Psychological Operations Group, known as "psy-op warriors." The team is schooled in marketing and advertising AKA propaganda techniques.

The BBC also points out that the US Army may be facing competition from Egyptian comics start-up AK Comics, which has created what it calls are the first Arab super heroes.

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