Global political leaders are often characterized in jihadi propaganda as oppressors of Islam and enemies of the jihadi movement. In particular, they are depicted as the main obstacles to achieving the declared goals of the jihadi enterprise, namely creating a state governed by divine (Islamic) law, rather than man-made laws. In this image, former U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is portrayed as weak and exposed, so to speak, to an Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) gunman. The large caption on the right reads: “dawlat al-‘iraq al-islamiyya dawlat al-murabitin” (“ISI is the state of [garrisoned] troops”). The Arabic word “murabitun” has its origins in the Qur’an and in several places is used interchangeably with the word “jihad” or its derivatives (cf. Q 3:200). The caption on the left, under the ISI/al-Qa’ida in Iraq, logo is the slogan: “labbayki dawlat al-‘iraq al-islamiyya” (“we are here [at your service] O, Islamic State of Iraq”).
Group Name Dawlat al-`Iraq al-Islamiyya [Islamic State of Iraq] - AQI
Group Type Jihadist Group
Group Affiliation AQ Affiliates / Associates
Dominant Colors Yellow, Green
Secondary Colors Black, Red
Isolated Phrases / Mottoes / Slogans 1) dawlat al-`iraq al-islamiyya dawlat al-murabitin 2) labbayki dawlat al-`iraq al-islamiyya
Image Number 0324
Groups Region of Operation Middle East
Groups Country of Operation Iraq
Weapons Firearms, Automatic / Assault Rifle, AK47
Body Parts Face / Bust
Geopolitical Symbols Symbol of party, movement or company, Slogan
Geopolitical Analysis ISI/AQI and global jihad sympathizers logo - black flag bearing shahada that includes the seal of the Prophet.
People Political Leader, Operative / Warrior (=mujahid), Man / Men
People Analysis Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. Masked armed fighter.
Religious Textual References Shahada, Other Medieval Text
Religious Textual References Analysis La ila illa Allah, Muhammad rasul Allah (including the seal of the Prophet). Traditional phrase to express allegiance and positive response to a command "labbayika" [here I/we are...].
Religious Symbols Seal of the Prophet