While participating in jihad imbues an individual with important religious credibility, death in battle distinguishes the deceased as a martyr. This distinction is particularly important for jihadi leaders.  With martyrdom, their personalities are elevated, within the jihadist community, to the status of mythical heroes, on par with famous historical warriors and the martyrs of Islamic tradition. Indeed, their martyrdom not only further legitimizes their cause and their actions, but in many cases the individuals become motifs in their movement’s visual propaganda.  In this image, the leader of Chechen mujahidin (fighters), Amir Khattab, also known as Habib ‘Abd al-Rahman, is immortalized in a collage of pictures with a blood red caption at the bottom that reads: “aba salih al-qa’id khattab” (“Abu Salih commander Khattab”).

The fiery red resonates blood, passion and danger.

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Group Name Islamic International Peacekeeping Brigade (IIPB)
Group Type Jihadist Group
Dominant Colors Red, Black
Secondary Colors White
Language Arabic
Isolated Phrases / Mottoes / Slogans 1) aba salih al-qa'id khattab 2) shahada
Image Number 0145
Groups Region of Operation Central Asia
Groups Country of Operation Chechnya and Dagestan
Weapons Rockets, Missile
Weapon Analysis Surface to air
Body Parts Face / Bust
Geopolitical Symbols Slogan
People Group Leader / Influential figure, Operational Leader, Operative / Warrior (=mujahid), Man / Men, Child
People Analysis Amir Kattab aka Habib `Abd al-Rahman
Religious Textual References Shahada
Religious Textual References Analysis La ilaha illa Allah, Muhammad rasul Allah
Flora Grass / Leaves / Branches Only

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