The temptation must be too much for some jihadis.
The northern Syrian city of Raqqa is at the centre of an intelligence gathering operation to find Jihadi John.
Dubbed the ‘heart of evil’ by Special Forces, it is effectively capital of the self-proclaimed Islamic State.
Raqqa, on the north bank of the Euphrates, is the headquarters of IS and base to leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
It is also where most of the 20 international hostages are being held – probably in a network of underground tunnels.
US drones and satellites are focused on the city. Every detail from surveillance images, electronic monitoring and human intelligence from within Raqqa is being poured over.
But hostages are said to be moved regularly to different locations around the city and leaders rarely spend more than a couple of days in one building.
In the months since IS militants imposed Sharia law, thieves have had their hands hacked off and opponents have been crucified or beheaded. Music has been banned.
Smoking is now forbidden, women must wear the full veil and there have been reports of people being stoned to death.
Even goats have had their genitals covered. It is said that if you are on the streets at prayer time, you risk your life.
Hard to believe there are human beings behaving like this, but some suspect they’ve found similar people here in America.
— Hassan Shibly (@HassanShibly) September 12, 2014
Unindicted terrorist co-conspirators might want to watch their rhetoric.