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Of the arm, fist and rifle

[ by Charles Cameron — product from a neat, brief convo with Ibn Siqilli aka Chris Anzalone ]

I found the upper image in the same Visual References post from Chris Anzalone that I recommended recently in two comments here [figs 2, 3, 3B] and here. If you look closely — or is just my poor eyesight? — you’ll see the arm, fist and rifle to the left of the black banner in the upper half of the upper image.

Black banner? Did I just say black banner?

That upper image is the “logo of the Brigade of the Awaited Savior (Katibat al-Mahdi al-Muntazar)” according to Chris, and the text below reads, “O’ One Who Arises (al-Qa’im) [from] the family of Muhammad.”

So there you have Mahdism (the titles al-Muntazar and al-Qa’im are both indicators of the same returning great one as the term al-Mahdi itself) along with the well-known banner…


What follows I have taken from a post on the Lebanese Expatriate blog, with some minor format changes to give the contents better graphical integration with the rest of the post:

For those with the slightest knowledge about Hezbollah and the Middle East, I am not sharing with you something new, but for those who receive this information as a revelation, check out the resemblance between the emblem of Hezbollah and that of the Pasdaran, a.k.a Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution.


— Hezbollah emblem to the left in yellow. Pasdaran emblem to the right in blue.

So what’s new? Why am I shedding light on what is already obvious? Why target Hezbollah today, out of all the parties that have been selling Lebanon?

Today, more than ever, Hezbollah and Iran owe Lebanon an explanation. Take a look at the 10 Riyal postage stamp that is circulated in Iran.


Iranian 10 Riyal postage stamp showing the emblem of Hezbollah covering the whole map of Lebanon. A clear symbol of the hidden intentions and a direct breach for the sovereignty of Lebanon’s independence as a nation.

The stamp commemorates the martyrs of Hezbollah in Lebanon. Isn’t this an obvious breach of Lebanon’s sovereignty as a nation? I understand the bff relationship between Iran and Hezbollah, but why does Iran need to have Hezbollah’s emblem covering the Lebanese territories instead of the Lebanese flag? Why does Iran need to commemorate the Lebanese martyrs in the first place?

What does Hezbollah have to say about this in the first place? How can Hezbollah justify such a demeaning document? What can its big-bellied, tie-less MPs and representatives say to logically justify this? Will they even attempt to justify it, or consider it normal and not even worth concealing with the whole world’s knowledge of its non-matrimonial marriage to Iran.

As a Lebanese, I ask my government (which is controlled by Hezbollah) to question the Iranian ambassador about the motives of this stamp and ban its circulation.

As a Lebanese, I ask Hezbollah to denounce the usage and circulation of this stamp in Iran and ask the Iranian state for an apology to the Lebanese people and its government.

That’s taken from a post made in January, but I think it is no less relevant today, and adds to the general picture I’m painting.


I put this post together as the result of an exchange with Chris in which I asked him whether a raised arm with slanted rifle was now a characteristic motif across many or all Shi’a jihadist movements, to which he responded:

Those groups influenced by Hizbullah &, by extension, Iranian Gov’t, seem to favor it, likely b/c it’s used by the Pasdaran.

I then asked whether he’d say Hizbollah got the motif from the Pasdaran or vice versa, to which he replied:

The former.

I stumbled across the DoubleQuote image and accompanying Lebanese Expatriate post myself, searching for the best image of a Pasdaran flag or logo while following up on Chris’ pointer to the Pasdaran — and that gave me yet another use of DoubleQuotes in the wild!

Hat-tip, #FF and thanks, Chris!


Quiet note to self: compare the arm, fist and rifle motif here with the name of the Covenant, Sword, and Arm of the Lord group in 1970s Arkansas. Most interesting, the way we display value systems in titles and images…

9 Responses to “Of the arm, fist and rifle”

  1. Mr. X Says:


    You may have some interest in the Risen/Rosen/Hagmann convergence:

    From Northeast Intelligence Network founder Doug J. Hagmann-affidavit of May 30, 2013


    “Additionally, it is known to this source that your affiant, Douglas J. Hagmann, has been in contact with [REDACTED], a reported with Fox News by telephone concerning certain information that has yet to be made public.”

    I should add here I’m not certain Mr. Hagmann (bio here: ) is making reference to Fox News journalist James Rosen (http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/personalities/james-rosen/bio/#s=r-z) or another FNC journalist who has found himself surveilled and harassed by this ‘Justice’ Department. And for the record James Rosen and James Risen of the New York Times who was recently compelled to burn his sources and testify against one of them: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/07/19/us-usa-courts-leak-idUSBRE96I18W20130719

    are two separate individuals, though they are friends and happily forward emails sent by mistake to the other man to each other.
    “Subsequent to the telephone conversation that concluded at 12:06:17, your affiant replaced the receiver on the telephone. At that moment, the telephone emitted a short ring, perhaps best described as a muffled ring or a “chirp.“Initially, your affiant believed it to be a simple ring-back, much like those occasionally experienced during the course of otherwise normal telephone use. It is important to note, however, that the sound made by the telephone did not have that same characteristics as a ring back.”
    “Curious because of the ring tone, your affiant looked at the caller ID displayed and was startled to see the following on the telephone caller ID screen:“UT NSA DATA REC CTR.”Your affiant immediate muted the telephone and picked up the receiver, hearing the following message in a male voice:”

    ”…your notification that the Utah NSA Data Recording Center successfully captured this landline communication under file # [I was unable to copy the numbers as they were spoken quickly]. Refer to senior duty officer for access code under file #[this appeared to be a different alpha-numeric sequence].”


  2. Mr. X Says:

    reported above is [sic] a typo. Hagmann meant “reporter with Fox News by telephone…”

  3. Mr. X Says:

    Not directly FISA related, but close to police state fears and similar topics:

    Sun is down after Shabbos, the Breitbart lads whom I know through friends of friends are hard at work. They know Andrew wasn’t murdered, I’ve heard through mutual sources, but I don’t think they and Michael Savage aka Michael Alan Weiner (bet he’s doubly glad he changed his name now) are so certain about this one not being foul play. The LAPD screwed up the OJ case on evidence and they could screw this one up too especially if higher ups wanted it to happen and the evidence to be quickly disposed of, both the body and the vehicle.

  4. Charles Cameron Says:

    [ cross-posted with modifications ]
    Mr X:
    This post is about a graphic motif as used by the Pasdaran, Hizbollah and the Katibat al-Mahdi al-Muntazar.  The materials you’ve posted here don’t relate to that topic, and are outside my range of interests as someone specializing in religious and apocalyptic drivers to violence.  I appreciated the page on Orthodox eschatology you pointed me to earlier today, but your recent flurry of posts here and on one other ZP post of mine interrupt the conversations I was hoping to have, and address matters I’m in no way competent to discuss.
    I prefer not to control comments on my posts here unless they’re clearly offensive, but five long off-topic comments in an hour or so is a bit much for my tastes.  Can we please reserve the comments section for conversations around the posts themselves? Thanks.

  5. Mr. X Says:

    No problem. Have a good Sunday.

  6. Charles Cameron Says:


  7. Timothy Furnish Says:

    Good stuff (as always).  I just finished reading the Anzalone piece and will be blogging on it (and some other related stories) this week.

  8. Charles Cameron Says:

    Hi Tim:
    Thanks.  I have the impression from its title, Visual References, and from the many examples drawn from it in his piece in the latest CTC Sentinel, Zaynab’s Guardians: The Emergence of Shi`a Militias in Syria, that the two pieces really go together, with the former serving as a web-viewable source of the images needed for the latter — where they can’t be featured because the Sentinel would be overwhelmed by so many illustrations in a single piece.
    In any case, if you’re blogging about the one, you’d probably want to take a close look at the other, too!
    I look forward to reading you.

  9. Charles Cameron Says:

    Phillip Smyth has a post up at Jihadology titled Liwa’a ‘Ammar Ibn Yasir: A New Shia Militia Operating In Aleppo, Syria in which he reproduces the militia’s logo with commentary:

    The logo for Liwa’a ‘Ammar Ibn Yasir. The group’s name is stylized into a pattern which includes the Lebanese Hizballah/Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps style symbol of a fist gripping an AK-47. (In Gold) “Liwa’a ‘Ammar Ibn Yasir” (‘Ammar Ibn Yasir Brigade) and (in blue) “Al-Muqawama al-Islamiya” (“The Islamic Resistance”)

    Anither example of “theme with variations” as a musician might term it.

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