This is a banner of a web forum that is clearly trying to associate itself with al-Qa’ida, al-Qa’ida in Iraq and the global jihadi movement in general. This is evident in the appearance of Abu Mus’ab al-Zarqawi’s face on the left side of the image. The red and orange lettering of the web forum, and the fighter holding a firearm, evoke traditional notions of warlike qualities. The background of a globe grid signals that Iraq is an integral part of the broader, global jihadi movement. The name of the web forum is the dominant element in this image and reads: “muntadayat al-firdaws al-jihadiyya li-ahl al-jihad wa-ansar al-jihad” (“al-Firdaws [Paradise] jihadi forums for those carrying out jihad and its supporters”).
Group Name Muntadayat al-Firdaws al-Jihadiyya
Group Type Jihadist Group
Isolated Phrases / Mottoes / Slogans Muntadayat al-firdaws al-jihadiyya li-ahl al-jihad wa-ansar al-jihad.
Image Number 0081
Groups Region of Operation Global
Weapons Firearms, Automatic / Assault Rifle
Body Parts Face / Bust
Geopolitical Symbols Globe
People Group Leader / Influential figure, Operational Leader, Operative / Warrior (=mujahid), Man / Men
Religious Textual References Takbir