1. Thousands of foreign fighters have gone to Iraq and Syria, where civil war is raging. Many have Twitter and Instagram accounts which they use to document a personal view of life on the ground as a jihadi.
Many of these fighters are believed to have travelled from the UK, with others coming from European countries. The location of the following people cannot be confirmed definitely, but all claim to be in Iraq or Syria.
2. If there’s one thing foreign fighters like to post pictures of, it’s cats with guns.
Some 9.3 million people in Syria are in need of humanitarian assistance; more than 2.8 million have fled to the neighboring countries.
4. This one was posted to Instagram with the hashtag #CatsOfJihad.
6. Any weapon will do, apparently.
Sleep well my little child. #catsofjihad #handgrenade #repostFollow
8. Not everyone is a fan of the cats, however.
9. This Mitsubishi pick-up truck, fitted with a machine gun, has British number plates. It was registered in Birmingham.
BuzzFeed checked with the DVLA, and vehicle’s MOT expired last October. It is pictured in an unknown location.
11. Guns get waved around quite casually.
There are also reports that American equipment seized from retreating Iraqi forces is being used by ISIS fighters.
15. On jihadi Twitter, trolls tend to get quite direct responses.
16. This fighter writes his own name in bullets, and applies a retro filter to the picture.
17. The bullet writing thing seems to be quite a popular pastime.
18. This contraption seems to be for charging mobile phones.
19. Sometimes the fighters reminisce about life back in their home countries.
20. A party-sized Snickers (apparently rare in the Middle East) delights this jihadi.
21. This guy is more of a Kinder fan.
22. But M&Ms are the gold standard, apparently.
For those at home nothing but colorful candy. For those in Jihad gold :-))) #mandms #mms #ak47
23. Pizza is also greeted with extreme joy.
24. The use of colour filters on Instagrams from the frontline is sometimes quite odd.
This one illustrated a tribute to fallen comrades.
25. #nofilter #jihad
26. In the fog of war, there are some questions only Twitter can answer.
27. Time to relax? Alcohol-free beer is the order of the day.
28. ISIS appears to be generally well-supplied with fizzy drinks.
30. Ask.fm, a social network for asking anonymous questions, is surprisingly popular.
Most Twitter accounts purporting to belong to foreign fighters that we saw seemed to have a corresponding Ask.fm account. Questions ranged from advice on Islamic scripture to pizza.