The image indicates at the top that it is a cover page of the first issue (September 2005) of the magazine published by the Islamic Front for the Iraqi Resistance (al-Jabha el-Islamiya lil-Moqawama al-Iraqiya, or JAMI). In jihadi propaganda, political symbols are often combined in such a way as to create literal and symbolic connections 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. This aim is further illustrated by the slogan: “al-‘iraq wa-filastin sahat jihad wahida” (“Iraq and Palestine—one theater of jihad”). The slogan in the center of the image is written in rhymed prose, giving the aura of classical Arabic and rooting the legitimacy of the group in the Arab-Islamic past. It reads: “basha’ir al-nasr wal-tamkin fi jihad al-‘iraqiyyin” (“good tidings of victory and intensification regarding the jihad of the Iraqi people”).

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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 Yellow
Secondary Colors Red, White, Green
Language Arabic
Isolated Phrases / Mottoes / Slogans 1) al-`iraq wa-filastin sahat jihad wahida 2) basha'ir al-nasr wal-tamkin fi jihad al-`iraqiyyin
Image Number 0101
Groups Region of Operation Middle East
Groups Country of Operation Iraq
Weapons Firearms, Automatic / Assault Rifle, AK47
Fire Light Rays / Light
Geopolitical Symbols Country / Regional Map, Country Flag, Symbol of party, movement or company, Slogan
Geopolitical Analysis Palestine and Iraq, JAMI logo - green country map (Iraq), white flag with the text of takbir raised with a reddish-brown fist
People Operative / Warrior (=mujahid), Man / Men

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