The image is entitled “qawafil al-shuhada’” (“convoys of martyrs”) and features the face and name of al-Qa’ida financier Hamza al-Qatari, who was killed in winter 2002 during a U.S. airstrike in Afghanistan. Under al-Qatari’s name appears the traditional blessing for the dead “rahimahu Allah” (“may God have mercy on him”). The mountains in the background are a common motif in jihadi visual propaganda and may allude to regions where jihadi forces are active, such as Afghanistan, Chechnya and Kashmir. More generally, however, mountains simply evoke divine omnipotence, eternity and grandeur. The mountains in the image lack the green color of life and abut a white, shroud-like sky, a combination that signals the figure’s death. Finally, as Islam ascribes the most sacred qualities to water and places great importance on purity and cleanliness, the water in the image resonates the notion of purification through ritual ablution, and thus speaks to the unsullied identity of the deceased as a faithful Muslim.

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Group Name Jihadi media; Run by an individual - Zubeiddah1417 aka Usama Abdallah Kassir extradited to the U.S. 9/25/2007
Group Type Jihadist Group
Dominant Colors Light Blue, Brown, Yellow
Secondary Colors Green
Language Arabic
Visual or Textual Reference to Significant Recent Events
Date EntryAnalysis Entry
Winter 2002 U.S. airstrikes in Afghanistan
Isolated Phrases / Mottoes / Slogans Qawafil al-shuhada'.
Image Number 0034
Groups Region of Operation Global
Body Parts Face / Bust
Air Sky
Liquid Sea / Lake
Religious Textual References Other Medieval Text
Religious Textual References Analysis Blessing on the dead.
Flora Trees / Shrubs, Grass / Leaves / Branches Only
Topography Valley / Meadow, Mountain, Man-made Structure / Landmark
Topography Analysis Buildings.

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