I thought I’d spotted one of the BBC’s traditional April fool joke stories here:

US army to produce mid-East comic

The article describes how America’s latest propaganda efforts in the Middle East are targeted at young people. It claims a US government website is seeking storylines:

“In order to achieve long-term peace and stability in the Middle East, the youth need to be reached… A series of comic books provides the opportunity for youth to learn lessons, develop role models and improve their education.”

Ha ha, oh yes, very funny. Comics to brainwash the young! Arf. Satirical and close to the bone, but obviously not true. Nice try, Beeb. You nearly had me there. April Fool! (etc)

Then I noticed the story was dated 31 March.