This specific image has all the trappings of the jihadist “language of death.”  A framed image of the deceased appears against a sky blue background speckled with clouds. The figure’s name and title (al-Shaykh Abu Hamza al-Muhajir) appear under the frame, and end with the traditional prayer phrase for the dead: “rahimahu allah” (“may God have mercy on him”).  At  the bottom is a rhymed poem entitled “dawlat al-islam” (“the state of Islam,” or “the Islamic State” [i.e., Islamic State of Iraq (ISI)]). At the top left, a black banner partially conceals the logo for the al-Qa’ida in Iraq (AQI) media outlet al-Furqan.

Abu Hamza (also known as Abu Ayyub al-Masri) assumed direction of AQI when Abu Mus‘ab al-Zarqawi was killed in July 2006. Abu Hamza was killed in April 2010. The text under the two larger captions is a nashid (jihadi song) that was included in a video production by al-Furqan entitled “‘aman li-dawlat al-islam” (“two years for the State of Islam”).

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Group Name AQI
Group Type Jihadist Group
Group Affiliation AQ Affiliates / Associates
Secondary Colors White, Black
Language Arabic
Isolated Phrases / Mottoes / Slogans 1) shahada 2) dawlat al-islam
Image Number 0306
Groups Region of Operation Middle East
Groups Country of Operation Iraq
Body Parts Face / Bust
Air Clouds / Fog, 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 logo - black banner with seal of the Prophet/shahada and al-Furqan logo (AQI/ISI media outlet) - white calligraphic representation of the word "al-furqan" in the shape of a mosque with a crescent on top.
People Group Leader / Influential figure, Operational Leader, Man / Men
People Analysis Abu Hamza, aka Abu Ayyub al-Masri leader of AQI until his death 4/18/2010. Abu Hamza, aka Abu Ayyub al-Masri leader of AQI until his death 4/18/2010.
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

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