The image presents a banner link to a series published on the Tajdid (Tajdeed) forum, entitled “badr al-riyad” (“Badr of Riyadh”), which draws a reference to the attacks on residential compounds in Riyadh on 12 May 2003. The figures in the image are the al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula suicide bombers Abu Umar al-Ta’ifi (also known as Hazim bin Muhammad al-Kashmiri), Muhammad bin Shazzaf al-Shahri (also known as Abu Tariq al-Aswad) and Muhammad bin Abd al-Wahhab al-Maqit, who were involved in the attacks. The name “Badr of Riyadh” is also an historical reference to the battle of Badr (624 A.D.) between the Prophet and his nascent Muslim community, on one side, and his Meccan rivals from the tribe of Quraysh, on the other. Below the title in the image, the viewer is informed that the series is “akthar min arba‘ati ajza’” (“more than four parts”). The Tajdid forum logo is in the bottom right corner. The American flag, which appears on the right, is used liberally 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 important motifs or symbols, thereby linking the symbols to U.S. foreign policy, politics and military intervention in the Muslim world.
Group Name AQAP
Group Type Jihadist Group
Group Affiliation AQ Affiliates / Associates
Dominant Colors Yellow, Black
Secondary Colors Red
Visual or Textual Reference to Significant Recent Events
Date EntryAnalysis Entry
12/05/2003Visual and textual reference to the attacks on living compounds in Riyadh on the May 12, 2003.
Isolated Phrases / Mottoes / Slogans Badr al-riyad
Image Number 0104
Groups Region of Operation Middle East
Groups Country of Operation Saudi Arabia
Weapons Firearms, Sub / Machine Gun, Rockets, Missile, Stinger
Geopolitical Symbols Country Flag, Symbol of party, movement or company, Slogan
Geopolitical Analysis U.S.A., Tanzim al-Tajdid al-Islami logo - calligraphal representation of the word "tajdid"
People Operative / Warrior (=mujahid), Man / Men
People Analysis AQAP Abu Umar al-Ta'ifi (aka Hazim b. Muhammad al-Kashmiri), Muhammad bin Shazzaf al-Shahri (aka Abu Tariq al-Aswad) and Muhammad b. Abd al-Wahhab al-Maqit