The American flag, or parts thereof (such as the stars and stripes), are widely used in jihadi propaganda to evoke negative sentiments towards U.S. foreign policy and military campaigns. The stars and stripes are also used to color other symbols in an image, thereby linking the symbols to U.S. foreign policy and military intervention in the Muslim world. Here, the idea is portrayed through the image of coffins draped with U.S. flags and spelled out in the slogan: “narfudu al-ihatilal bi-hadd al-sayf, wal-sura shahida” (“we resist the occupation by the blade of the sword, and the picture attests to that”). The red of the phrase “bi-hadd al-sayf” is the color of fire, blood, passion, impulse and danger. It is fundamentally linked to the vital force and to warlike qualities.

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Group Name Kata'ib Salah al-Din al-Ayyubi aka Salah al-Din Brigades
Group Type nationalist, religious
Dominant Colors Red, White
Secondary Colors Blue
Language Arabic
Isolated Phrases / Mottoes / Slogans Narfudu al-ihatilal bi-hadd al-sayf, wal-sura shahida
Image Number 0102
Groups Region of Operation Middle East
Groups Country of Operation Iraq
Body Parts Coffin
Geopolitical Symbols Country Flag, Symbol of party, movement or company, Slogan
Geopolitical Analysis U.S.A., Kata'ib Salah al-Din logo, two white curved, crossed swords flanking an orange mosque structure
People Man / Men

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