The image is taken from an al-Qa‘ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) statement that celebrates the would-be “Christmas Day” suicide-bomber ‘Umar al-Faruq al-Nijiri and his attempted attack of 25 December 2009. The image includes an image of an aircraft to remind the viewer of the act attributed to the figure.

The appearance of the regional map of the Arabian Peninsula in the background emphasizes the area as an important theater of jihad and highlights the identity of the group and its affiliated media company. The captions (from top to bottom) read: “hasriyyan lil-malahim—tanzim qa‘idat al-jihad fi jazirat al-‘arab—‘amaliyyat al-akh al-mujahid ‘umar al-faruq al-nijiri fi radd al-‘udwan al-amriki ‘ala al-yaman (“al-Malahim exclusive—the organization of AQAP—the operation of the mujahid [fighter] brother ‘Umar al-Faruq the Nigerian in connection with staving off American aggression towards Yemen”).

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Group Name AQAP
Group Type Jihadist Group
Group Affiliation AQ Affiliates / Associates
Dominant Colors Red, Blue
Secondary Colors White
Language Arabic
Visual or Textual Reference to Significant Recent Events
Date EntryAnalysis Entry
Visual and textual allusion to the attempted attack on a Detroit bound aircraft on 12/25/2009 by the "Christmas Day bomber," `Umar al-Faruq
Isolated Phrases / Mottoes / Slogans 1) shahada 2) hasriyyan lil-malahim - tanzim qa`idat al-jihad fi jazirat al-`arab - `amaliyyat al-akh al-mujahid `umar al-faruq al-nijiri fi radd al-`udwan al-amriki `ala al-yaman
Image Number 0407
Groups Region of Operation Middle East, Global
Groups Country of Operation Yemen
Body Parts Face / Bust
Geopolitical Symbols Country / Regional Map, Symbol of party, movement or company, Slogan
Geopolitical Analysis Arabian Peninsula (Saudi Arabia). Al-Malahim logo - golden colored word al-malahim with a black banner bearing the shahada and the seal of the Prophet.
People Operative / Warrior (=mujahid), Man / Men
People Analysis `Umar al-Faruq al-Nijiri (AQAP)
Religious Textual References Shahada, Use of Calligraphy
Religious Textual References Analysis La ila illa Allah, Muhammad rasul Allah
Religious Symbols Holy Site
Religious Symbols Analysis The land of the Arabian Peninsula in the background is considered holy in its entirety.

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