As an appropriate follow-up to my Jihadology archive of billboards put up by what was then the Islamic State in/of Iraq and ash-Sham [ISIS] in the city of Raqqa during the summer and fall of last year, here is the latest series of billboards put up by what is now just the Islamic State [IS] in Raqqa. The difference in dynamics this time is that the city is solely controlled by IS, rather than power sharing with Jabhat al-Nusra and Ahrar al-Sham. Unsurprisingly, given the ongoing international coalition campaign against IS, much emphasis is put on the war with the Western-led coalition.
“Now, now the fighting has come.” This refers to the title of a speech by IS spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani. [C]
“He makes lawful for them good things and prohibits evil for them.”- cf. Qur’an 7:157. Note that this billboard, referring to the prohibition on smoking, was made before 29 June 2014, as illustrated by the fact it still has ‘ISIS’ on it. [E]
Left and middle billboard: see [A] and [D]. On right, “Idolatrous tyrants of the Arabs: your hands have been stained with the blood of Muslims.” Referring to Arab states’ participation in the coalition. [F]