This image was posted on a Salafi web forum by a user who appears to be trying to “hijack” the upheaval in Syria (2011), as he appended to the post a distinct signature quote by Usama bin Ladin, made famous by its incessant posting on the web: أقسم بالله العظيم الذي رفع السماء بلا عمد لن تحلم أمريكا ولا من يعيش في أمريكا بالأمن قبل أن نعيشه واقعا في فلسطين وقبل أن تخرج جميع الجيوش الكافرة من أرض محمد صلى الله عليه وسلم (“I swear to God Almighty who erected the sky without supports that America and those who live there will never live in safety before we actually live in safety in Palestine and before the infidel armies leave the land of the Prophet, may Allah’s prayer and blessing be upon him”).

In the image, a context-free map of Syria is seen. Depicting the Syrian state without bordering countries or bodies of water evokes the national context and scope of that specific struggle, thereby designating Syria as an important theater for local jihad and implying an obligation to join the struggle. This idea is further emphasized by the blood spatter on the map. The red of the blood serves in place of the top red stripe in the Syrian flag.

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Group Name Shabakat Sham al-Ikhbariyya [Sham (Syria) News Network aka SNN)
Group Type Jihadist Group
Group Affiliation Local Jihad (Independent entities with limited or no ties to international / external movements)
Dominant Colors Black, Red
Secondary Colors White, Green
Language Arabic
Isolated Phrases / Mottoes / Slogans Suriya tanzif
Image Number 0389
Groups Region of Operation Middle East
Groups Country of Operation Syria
Body Parts Blood
Liquid Drops / Tear, River / Stream
Fire Light Rays / Light
Geopolitical Symbols Country / Regional Map, Country Flag, Symbol of party, movement or company, Slogan
Geopolitical Analysis Syria. Shabakat Sham al-Ikhbariyya [Sham (Syria) News Network aka SNN) logo - three white letters of the word "sham" against three blue squares over the full name of the natwork

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