The image contains a number of familiar elements in jihadi imagery: a picture of Usama bin Ladin against a blue sky with white clouds and a silhouette of grass (fauna) and armed fighters, one shouldering an RPG, the other waving what is likely an AK-47. The caption at the bottom is yellow and white and reads: “asad al-jihad Usama b. Ladin” (“the lion of jihad, Usama bin Ladin”).

Within the context of the image and its timing, the yellow combined with the other visual elements signals to the viewer that Usama bin Ladin achieved his wish of martyrdom.


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Group Name AQ
Group Type Jihadist Group
Dominant Colors Blue
Secondary Colors Black, White
Language Arabic
Isolated Phrases / Mottoes / Slogans Asad al-jihad Usama b. Ladin
Image Number 0383
Groups Region of Operation Global
Body Parts Face / Bust
Air Clouds / Fog, Sky
Fire Light Rays / Light
Geopolitical Symbols Slogan
People Group Leader / Influential figure, Operational Leader, Man / Men
People Analysis Usama b. Ladin (AQC). UBL and two silhouettes of armed fighters.
Flora Grass / Leaves / Branches Only
Topography Valley / Meadow, Horizon
Visual Themes Like in other cultures, blue can conjure up hope and heavenly paradise, i.e., life after life.

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