It is believed that Muslim martyrs will be highly rewarded in the afterlife for their sacrifice and that they hold a special position in heavenly paradise. It is therefore not surprising that martyrdom is a central theme in jihadi visual propaganda. The text at the top of the image is a Qur’anic verse (9:5) that is often cited by jihadi ideologues. It reads: “So when the Sacred months have passed away, then stay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captive and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush, then if they repent and keep up prayer and pay the poor-rate. Leave their way free to them.”

The figure is identified at the bottom as Abu al-‘Abbas al-Janubi, one of the 9/11 hijackers. The image is part of a clip released by al-Sahab media documenting al-Janubi’s last will before participating in the 11 September 2001 attacks. The bottom caption reads: “ila amrika, irfa‘i yadaki ‘an madid al-‘awn lil-yahud al-jubana’” (“to America, lift your hand from extensive support to the cowardly Jews”).

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Group Name AQ
Group Type Jihadist Group
Group Affiliation AQ Core / Central
Dominant Colors Yellow
Secondary Colors Brown, Red
Language Arabic
Visual or Textual Reference to Significant Recent Events
Date EntryAnalysis Entry
Visual reference to the events of September 11, 2001 and the suicide death of the operative in the image; Pentagon site.
Isolated Phrases / Mottoes / Slogans Ila amrika, irfa`i yadaki `an madid al-`awn lil-yahud al-jubana'
Image Number 0164
Groups Region of Operation Global
Groups Country of Operation U.S.
Body Parts Face / Bust
Air Clouds / Fog, Sky
Fire Light Rays / Light
Geopolitical Symbols Slogan
Geopolitical Analysis AQ operative Abu al-`Abbas al-Janubi.
People Operative / Warrior (=mujahid), Man / Men
Religious Textual References Quranic Text, Quranic Citations
Topography Man-made Structure / Landmark
Topography Analysis Pentagon

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