The image is propaganda material from Alif or Elif Media, the Islamic Jihad Union media company. It illustrates a few important notions: the intergenerational nature of the jihadi struggle; the role of the group in the indoctrination of the next generation (and, potentially, the parents who care for them); and the food aid provided by the group, hence the social dimensions of its activity.

The caption reads “Yardim Kervani 2 yoluna devam ediyor afganistan islam emirligi” (“the help of Caravan 2 is on its way to the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan”). Both young boys and girls are shown bearing arms (AK-47s), signifying the continuation of an armed struggle in Afghanistan through the indoctrination of the next generation. The appearance of the food supply is intended as a tool of persuasion, to paint the group in a positive light to help swell its ranks.

More Information
Group Name Alif Media Group (IJU media company)
Group Type Jihadist Group
Group Affiliation Local Jihad (Independent entities with limited or no ties to international / external movements)
Dominant Colors Blue
Secondary Colors White
Language Turkish
Isolated Phrases / Mottoes / Slogans Yardim Kervani 2 yoluna devam ediyor afganistan islam emirligi
Image Number 0408
Groups Region of Operation Global
Groups Country of Operation Afghanistan
Date Image Created Online 29/11/2009
Date Image Created Online Details Posted 11/29/2009 by "al-Qimmah reporter" (sic.)
Weapons Firearms, Automatic / Assault Rifle, AK47
Body Parts Face / Bust
Geopolitical Symbols Slogan
People Operative / Warrior (=mujahid), Child
People Analysis Armed children

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