(Updated to include additional photograph.)
The other day, Thought Front featured one of the most mind-boggling propaganda photograph sets from ISIS: trees and flowers.
And during the latest round of intelligence gathering for this blog, Thought Front discovered they are at it again. But this time, it is only a field:
The photograph, with accompanying English text, is entitled “Photos From the Land of the Caliphate: Nature in Wilayat Karkuk” i.e. the state of Kirkuk in Northern Iraq, home to the city of the same name. ISIS does not currently have control of the area despite waging multiple attacks.
Thought Front discovered the photograph when a link to it was published on the Twitter account of the Al-Battar Media Foundation, one of Daesh’s media outfits. The account, bearing the username @Battar_English, has been operational for only three days, and I suspect it will soon be suspended, as happened to one of Daesh’s other accounts shortly after an inquiry from Thought Front. (UPDATE: as of February 12 the account has changed its name to
As in the case with many other propaganda photographs, this one was posted on JustPaste.it.
There are other scenic photographs among ISIS propaganda, like cityscapes and bridges, but those at least might convey some sort of propagandistic purpose, like to show the strength and serenity of their hegemony. However, this field does not seem to convey similar significance.
It is interesting to note that, like the previous photos of flowers, the photo of a field depicts an area not currently in ISIS control. Perhaps this is meant to passive aggressively convey that ISIS has not been defeated or expunged from these places.
The Al-Battar Media Foundation did not respond to a request for comment via Twitter.
The Islamic State is at it yet again, posting a photograph of nature. This time it is flowers bearing dew:
As with the field photograph, this one is also in Kirkuk, and based on Google Translate it is entitled “Photos from the land of the caliphate.” Perhaps this is also some sort of passive-aggressive implication that they have not been expelled from the area, and might even be embedded among civilians within Kirkuk. And referring to Kirkuk as the “land of the caliphate” might be to imply that it is part of Daesh territory when it is actually not.