The image carries the caption “silsilat ta‘liqat ‘ala ahdath 11 September; akthar min thalathat ajza’” (“series of commentaries on the events of 11 September; in more than three parts”). Jihadi propaganda often references important jihadi operations/violent events in order to establish these events as key milestones that shape the current jihadi movement. Usually, the events are reinterpreted as illustrations of the effectiveness of the violent jihadi struggle and its successes in targeting its enemies. In particular, the propaganda uses examples of jihadi victory against much stronger and more powerful Western forces as evidence of the imminent victory of jihadist Islam over Western imperialism and secularism. This framing of events facilitates faith and confidence in the jihadi enterprise, and is intended to inspire others to join in the growing success of the jihadi movement.

On the left of the image appears the figure of Usama bin Ladin in traditional Arab garb, standing in front of what is clearly a black banner with the text of the shahada (Islamic testimony of faith holding that there is no god but Allah and that Muhammad is his messenger). According to prophetic tradition, the black flag was the battle flag of the Prophet Muhammad and it was carried into battle by many of his companions. The image of the black flag has been used as a symbol of religious revolt and engagement in battle (i.e., jihad). In the contemporary Islamist movement, the black flag is used to evoke notions of jihad and of reestablishing the Islamic Caliphate.

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Group Name Tanzim al-Tajdid al-Islami
Group Type Jihadist Group
Dominant Colors Blue, White
Secondary Colors Black, Red
Language Arabic
Visual or Textual Reference to Significant Recent Events
Date EntryAnalysis Entry
11/09/2001Visual reference to the events of September 11, 2001
Isolated Phrases / Mottoes / Slogans 1) silsilat ta`liqat `ala ahdath 11 September; akthar min thalathat ajza' 2) shahada
Image Number 0130
Groups Region of Operation Middle East
Groups Country of Operation Saudi Arabia
Body Parts Face / Bust
Air Clouds / Fog, Sky
Fire Smoke
Geopolitical Symbols Country / Regional Map, Symbol of party, movement or company, Slogan
Geopolitical Analysis U.S. Tanzim al-Tajdid al-Islami logo - calligraphal representation of the word "tajdid"
People Group Leader / Influential figure, Operational Leader, Man / Men
People Analysis Usama b. Ladin
Religious Textual References Shahada
Religious Textual References Analysis La ilaha illa Allah, Muhammad rasul Allah
Religious Symbols Black / White / Green Banners
Topography Man-made Structure / Landmark
Topography Analysis Twin towers and NYC skyline

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