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.
Isolated Phrases / Mottoes / Slogans
Asad al-jihad Usama b. Ladin
Groups Region of Operation
Face / Bust
Clouds / Fog, Sky
Light Rays / Light
Group Leader / Influential figure, Operational Leader, Man / Men
Usama b. Ladin (AQC). UBL and two silhouettes of armed fighters.
Grass / Leaves / Branches Only
Valley / Meadow, Horizon
Like in other cultures, blue can conjure up hope and heavenly paradise, i.e., life after life.