In jihadi propaganda, political symbols are often combined in such a way as to create literal and symbolic association between them. In the case of flags, this is often done in reference to jihadi campaigns taking place in different locations. In this image, the Palestinian and Iraqi flags are brought together with the Arabic word shahada, here meaning both “testimony” and “martyrdom.” In this manner, the Palestinian and Iraqi conflicts, which stem from very different political settings, are united in representation of the larger jihadi struggle. The goal is that the audience should recognize these conflicts as “jihadi” and “Islamic,” not merely political or nationalistic/domestic.

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Dominant Colors Black, Yellow
Secondary Colors Red, Green
Isolated Phrases / Mottoes / Slogans 1) The word "shahada" 2) Takbir
Image Number 0100
Groups Region of Operation Middle East
Groups Country of Operation Iraq and Palestine
Geopolitical Symbols Country Flag, Slogan
Geopolitical Analysis Palestine and Iraq
Religious Textual References Takbir

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