Jihadi imagery makes frequent use of Muslim political leaders, who are often criticized as oppressors of Islam and enemies of the jihadi movement. Indeed, jihadi ideologues hold that most current leaders of Muslim states are illegitimate based on a belief that no Muslim ruler may be considered legitimate unless the territory in question is governed solely by Islamic law. As a result, current leaders are often portrayed in jihadi propaganda as heretical Muslims who are willing puppets of Western countries and hence obstacles to the materialization of polities ruled according to Sharia.

In this image,  the former Saudi King Fahd appears in front of the White House and an image of Big Ben, wearing a cross, all of which emphasize the message described above. The fiery red caption reads: “yawma al-hashr sa-yandimu al-zalim” (“on the day of resurrection, the oppressor will regret”). The figure in the top left corner is likely former interior minister prince Nayef Abdul Aziz Al Saud, a frequent target of jihadists due to his role in a counterterrorism crackdown in the kingdom in the aftermath of terrorist attacks in 2003. The nature of the threat expressed by the caption is enhanced by the appearance of a raised fist clutching a dagger.

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Group Name AQ
Group Type Jihadist Group
Group Affiliation AQ Core / Central
Dominant Colors Black , Red
Secondary Colors White
Language Arabic
Isolated Phrases / Mottoes / Slogans Yawma al-hashr sa-yandimu al-zalim.
Image Number 0151
Groups Region of Operation Global
Groups Country of Operation Saudi Arabia
Weapons Cold Weapons and Defensive Armor, Knife / Dagger
Body Parts Face / Bust
Fire Light Rays / Light
Geopolitical Symbols Slogan
People Political Leader, Man / Men
People Analysis King Fahd of Saudi Arabia
Religious Symbols Cross
Topography Man-made Structure / Landmark
Topography Analysis Western symbols of power - the White House, Big Ben.

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