Most images contains the name or logo of the designer, here it is Abu al-Hayja’ al-Ansari, whose nisba (nickname) indicates his local, as opposed to muhajir (foreign) origins. The logo contains a yellow open Qur’an in front of an AK-47 and evokes a phrase commonly used by jihadists “kitabun yahdi w sayfun yansur” (a book [Quran] to guide, and a sword [for] victory.”  The phrase is attributed to Ibn Taymiya, an influential religious scholar revered by many jihadists.

The yellow and red of the flames invoke the pain of separation and a longing to be united with God, that is, the longing for death and achievement of martyrdom. The fiery red resonates blood, passion, impulse and danger. The yellow floral pattern combines the meaningful color and the familiar floral motif. Flowers in general represent vitality, as well as life and its incessant pace, and thus will evoke notions of life after death, paradise and martyrdom, especially in the context of jihadi imagery.

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Group Name Jama`at Ansar al-Sunna (aka Ansar al-Islam or Ansar al-Sunna or Jaysh Ansar al-Sunna)
Group Type Jihadist Group
Dominant Colors Red, Yellow
Secondary Colors Blue, Black
Language Arabic
Isolated Phrases / Mottoes / Slogans 1) Shahada 2) al-Ansar; mu'assasat al-Ansar al-I`lamiyya
Image Number 0414
Groups Region of Operation Middle East
Groups Country of Operation Iraq
Date Image Created Online 28/05/2011
Date Image Created Online Details Posted by Abu al-Hija' al-Ansari (an active member on multiple jihadi forums) on 5/28/2011
Weapons Cold Weapons and Defensive Armor, Body Armor (including Gas Mask, Helmet), Firearms, Automatic / Assault Rifle, AK47, Sub / Machine Gun, Non-Military Technology, Telescope / Night Vision / Other Optical Devices
Weapon Analysis Sniper assault rifle. Light machine gun. Scope
Body Parts Pointer Finger, Blood, Face / Bust, Full Body / ies
Fire Flames, Light Rays / Light, Smoke
Geopolitical Symbols Globe, Symbol of party, movement or company, Slogan
Geopolitical Analysis Logo of image designer (Abu al-Hija' al-Ansari) - a yellow open Qur'an in front of an AK; also Ansar al-Islam logo - a red and white globe semi-circumscribed by a white crescent moon with a large white representation of the word "al-Ansar" underneath.
People Operative / Warrior (=mujahid), Man / Men
People Analysis Ansar al-Islam fighters
Religious Textual References Shahada, Use of Calligraphy
Religious Textual References Analysis La ila illa Allah, Muhammad rasul Allah (including the seal of the Prophet)
Religious Symbols Crescent, Black / White / Green Banners, Seal of the Prophet
Topography Path
Topography Analysis Road

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