As in many cultures, weather phenomena are seen in Islam as an act of God. Their appearance in jihadi visual propaganda is used to evoke notions of divine power, wrath and justice, and remind the audience of God’s total inscrutability prior to creation. By using such symbols, jihadi groups are able to represent themselves and their cause as instruments of divine will and power, as the symbols imply hope, calm and the salvation that will come after the storm. In addition, the symbols warn the enemy of the consequences of God’s wrath. Here, the black cloud/tornado is a sign of divine wrath. The caption reads: “jami‘ al-i‘sar al-islami al-qadim min ard alrafidayn” (“JAMI [Islamic Front for the Iraqi Resistance] is the Islamic storm that is coming from Iraq”).
Group Name JAMI (al-Jabha al-Islamiyya lil-Muqawama al-`Iraqiyya) aka Islamic for the Iraqi Resistancemilitary wing: Kata'ib Salah al-Din al-Ayyubi
Group Type nationalist, religious
Dominant Colors Gray, Green
Secondary Colors White
Isolated Phrases / Mottoes / Slogans Jami` al-i`sar al-islami al-qadim min ard al-rafidayn.
Image Number 0062
Groups Region of Operation Middle East
Groups Country of Operation Iraq
Air Storm / Wind, Clouds / Fog, Sky
Geopolitical Symbols Symbol of party, movement or company, Slogan
Geopolitical Analysis JAMI logo - green country map (Iraq), white flag with the text of takbir raised with a reddish-brown fist.
Topography Horizon, Man-made Structure / Landmark
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