Interesting Jihadist Iconography


So, an atrocious poem entitled in English “The Chechen Massacre” has appeared on the Ansar al-Jihad forum.  It comes with the following artwork:

I find it interesting that the artist–whose anti-American sympathies can be taken for granted, chose to use a version of one of the most famous patriotic American images in existence, the flag-raising at Iwo Jima by the US Marines:

The artist even rendered the figures wearing a reasonable approximatination of Marine uniforms of the time.  Interestingly, there is some echo in reality to this, because the Chechen mujahideen have frequently been photographed wearing American-style camouflage.

The late Emir of the Chechen mujahideen, Abu Walid.


It could be that somehow the “Chechen Massacre” artworks was meant ironically, but aside from some glancing references to Somalia, Bosnia, and Baghdad the United States doesn’t figure in this poem, so I rather think not.  This looks rather more like another of those moments like when the kid wearing the Coca-Cola t-shirt brandishes a photo of Bin Laden for the camera.

Published in: on December 5, 2010 at 11:10 PM  Comments (6)  

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  1. I’ve seen the Iwo Jima image used by Muslims once before with the Shahada and the text “Islamic Pride.” I have a copy if you want it.

    • If you’ve got it readily to hand, I would indeed be very interested to see it. Thanks!

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  4. I’ve seen variations of the Iwo Jima image few other times too.

  5. Well, it’s the worlds best known picture of the war in pacific and all the effort and spirit of the allies is combined in this picture. Even tho the situation where the pic was taken was not so dramatic. So, no wonder everyone uses it. Quess the picture of Che has become too popular and merchandised for to be used by any group.

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