The dominant element in the image is the logo of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), which appears here as a green banner with a crescent, a star and a traditional Moro sword. Though the group is removed from the Middle Eastern context, its logo contains familiar elements from the common Islamic/Jihadist symbolic system.

The logo also features the moon, which plays a pivotal role within the Islamic symbolic tradition. Specifically, the moon is laden with religious, astrological and spiritual significance, and it governs all daily life, as the Islamic calendar is a lunar one. In the narrower context of Islamic jihadi ideology, the moon is typically combined with images that signal notions of righteousness, afterlife and martyrdom. Here, it is combined with overt signals of belligerence, as represented by the color red, as well as the appearance of a sword. Even more than the image of a full moon, the image of a white crescent moon constitutes an overt symbol of Islamic identity that highlights notions of purity and religious piety. The white also evokes the notion of death, as it is the color of grief and mourning, the color of shrouds. Finally, the sword in the logo suggests a desire on the part of the designer to link the group to early Islamic history and the first generation of Muslims. Swords are seen as noble weapons that embody the religious purity, nobility and righteousness that is associated with the Prophet, his companions and their successful military campaigns. This helps depict current jihadi activities as modern extensions of those campaigns and lends them an aura of legitimacy.

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Group Name Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF)
Group Type Jihadist Group
Dominant Colors Green, White
Secondary Colors Red, Gold
Language English and Arabic
Isolated Phrases / Mottoes / Slogans Shahada
Image Number 0262
Groups Country of Operation Philippines
Weapons Cold Weapons and Defensive Armor, Sword / Crossed Swords
Geopolitical Symbols Non-country Flag, Symbol of party, movement or company, Slogan
Geopolitical Analysis MILF flag. MILF logo - (form right to left) green banner bearing text of shahada over a Moro sword, red stripe, yellow crescent and star against white background
Religious Textual References Shahada, Use of Calligraphy
Religious Textual References Analysis La ila illa Allah, Muhammad rasul Allah
Religious Symbols Crescent, Black / White / Green Banners
Religious Symbols Analysis Green

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