4 of 11
By Cliff Kuang | 01-26-2010 | 12:03 PM
The cover of the 11th issue of Sada al-Malahim ("The Echo of Battle"), an Al Qaeda magazine. At first glance, it looks just like a terrifying Photoshop disaster (why, for example, is the person's hand blending into a weird background gradient reminiscent of a flayed anatomical model?). But the scientific cleanliness of the beaker and thermometer evokes a buttoned-up, professional organization with gobs of expertise. Curiously, grenades appear frequently in the place of jury-rigged IED's--presumably because the clip art is easier to get, and grenades make for better, simpler visual communication.