While participating in jihad imbues an individual with important religious credibility, death in battle provides immortality, as the deceased is ranked a martyr. This is particularly true for widely recognized jihadi leaders. With martyrdom, their personalities are elevated 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.

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Group Name Islamic International Peacekeeping Brigade (IIPB)
Group Type Jihadist Group
Group Affiliation Local Jihad (Independent entities with limited or no ties to international / external movements)
Language Arabic and English
Image Number 0147
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
Air Sky
People Group Leader / Influential figure, Operational Leader, Operative / Warrior (=mujahid), Man / Men
People Analysis Amir Kattab aka Habib `Abd al-Rahman
Flora Grass / Leaves / Branches Only

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