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. The caption here reads: “nuhammidu Allah yawma rabbi nassarana, yawma dammarna fil-bahr Cole” (“we praise God for the day He made us victorious, the day we destroyed the USS Cole in the sea”), referring to the attack against the USS Cole on 12 October 2000 depicted in the image.

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Group Name AQ
Group Affiliation AQ Core / Central
Dominant Colors Black, White
Secondary Colors Purple, Yellow
Language Arabic
Visual or Textual Reference to Significant Recent Events
Date EntryAnalysis Entry
12/10/2000Visual and textual reference to the bombing of the U.S.S. Cole on 12 Oct, 2000.
Isolated Phrases / Mottoes / Slogans Nuhammidu Allah yawma rabbi nassarana, yawma dammarna fil-bahr Cole
Image Number 0133
Groups Region of Operation Global
Body Parts Pointer Finger, Face / Bust
Air Clouds / Fog, Sky
Liquid Sea / Lake
Fire Flames, Burning Object, Smoke
FIre Analysis USS Cole
Geopolitical Symbols Slogan
People Group Leader / Influential figure, Operational Leader, Man / Men
People Analysis Usama b. Ladin
Religious Textual References Other Medieval Text
Religious Textual References Analysis Blessing/prayer "nuhammidu Allah" [we praise God]
Topography Horizon

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