The image is the top banner on the group’s site. A number of elements in it combine to provide a jihadi context to the image, including: the black banner bearing the shahada (Islamic testimony of faith holding that there is no god but Allah and that Muhammad is his messenger), the mountainous background, the armed fighters and the reddish tint of the sky.

According to prophetic tradition (hadith), the black flag was the battle flag of the Prophet Muhammad and it was carried into battle by many of his companions. The image of the black flag has been used as a symbol of religious revolt and engagement in battle (i.e., jihad). In the contemporary Islamist movement, the black flag with the shahada is used to evoke notions of jihad and of reestablishing the Islamic Caliphate. Images of mountains are a common motif in jihadi visual propaganda that may allude to regions with completed or ongoing operations, such as Afghanistan, Chechnya and Kashmir. More generally, however, mountains evoke divine omnipotence, eternity and grandeur.

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Group Name Ansarullah English Blog [Supporters of Allah]
Dominant Colors Blue, Red
Secondary Colors Black, White
Language English (some Arabic)
Isolated Phrases / Mottoes / Slogans Shahada
Image Number 0303
Groups Region of Operation Global
Weapons Rockets, RPG
Air Analysis Reddish Sky
Air Sky
Fire Light Rays / Light
Geopolitical Symbols Non-country Flag, Symbol of party, movement or company, Slogan
Geopolitical Analysis Black flag with text of shahada (including the seal of the prophet). ISI/AQI and global jihad sympathizers logo - black flag bearing shahada that includes the seal of the Prophet.
People Operative / Warrior (=mujahid), Man / Men
People Analysis Two armed fighters
Religious Textual References Shahada
Religious Textual References Analysis La ila illa Allah, Muhammad rasul Allah (including the seal of the Prophet)
Religious Symbols Black / White / Green Banners, Seal of the Prophet
Topography Mountain

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