Jihadi propaganda frequently utilizes important political events or violent struggles occurring within Islamic communities to mobilize recruits and support. These images draw attention to events that have helped to shape the current jihadi movement, and they allow the propagandists to reinterpret the events through their own ideological and cultural framework. A key example of this is the way in which jihadi groups present past and contemporary defeats as examples of violent oppression and injustice inflicted upon the Muslim world, and hence as justification for jihadi activism. This specific image includes pictures of Shamil Salmanovich Basayev, also known as Abdallah Shamil Abu-Idris, leader of the Chechen Islamist rebel movement, and refers to its unsuccessful struggle against Russia during the 1990s.

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Group Name IMC
Group Type Jihadist Group
Dominant Colors Gray, Green
Secondary Colors White
Language English
Visual or Textual Reference to Significant Recent Events
Date EntryAnalysis Entry
Russian military intervention in Grozny 1991
Isolated Phrases / Mottoes / Slogans Grozny 1991
Image Number 0126
Weapons Firearms, Automatic / Assault Rifle, AK47, Rockets, RPG, Missile
Body Parts Face / Bust
Air Clouds / Fog
Fire Flames, Light Rays / Light
Geopolitical Symbols Slogan
People Group Leader / Influential figure, Operational Leader, Operative / Warrior (=mujahid), Man / Men
People Analysis Shamil Basayev
Topography Man-made Structure / Landmark
Topography Analysis City block

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