Abu Mus‘ab al-Zarqawi & American Flag
The image portrays Abu Mus‘ab al-Zarqawi, the former head of al-Qa`ida in Iraq, shooting the American flag, cutting out the caption: “al-mawt lakum” (“death to you [pl.]”). The halo around the figure’s body, along with the other visual elements in the image, remind the viewer of the importance of martyrdom through the death of Zarqawi himself.
The American flag, or parts thereof (such as the stars and stripes), are widely used in jihadi propaganda to evoke negative sentiments towards U.S. foreign policy and military campaigns. The stars and stripes are also used to color other symbols in an image, thereby linking the symbols to U.S. foreign policy, politics and military intervention in the Muslim world.