Terrorist organization logos!

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Terrorist organization logos

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How am I supposed to know what terrorist group put out this video? Terrorist groups, like any organization, need brand identities. With so many groups claiming credit for terrorist acts, and so many videotapes being put out featuring men in ski masks, it’s hard to keep track of which group committed what violent act. So terrorist organizations have logos. It recently occurred to me that someone had to actually design those logos. But how did they decide who gets to do it? Did the job go to whichever terrorist had a copy of Adobe Illustrator?
I did some research and rounded up as many logos as I could find from terrorist groups past and present. While I hate to give terrorists any more attention, I still think it’s interesting to see the various approaches they took in their logos, and wonder what considerations went into designing them. Does the logo successfully convey the organization’s message? Is it confusingly similar to another group’s logo? Does it exhibit excessive drop shadows, gradients, or use of whatever font is the Arabic equivalent of Papyrus? ?

Quick Disclaimer: I picked these terrorist groups from a list of designated terrorist organizations on Wikipedia. Since Wikipedia is a user-edited website, I can’t verify who decided these groups are terrorist organizations. So if it turns out one of these groups is an actual army or a legitimate non-violent organization, don’t blame me.
I decided to group the logos roughly by their dominant design elements:

1) Stars
It occurs to me that “stars inside circles” is a subgroup of this category.
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2) One Gun
Notice that there’s a little bit of overlap between this group and the last group. The last two “Stars” logos featured a gun, but I decided that the star motif was strong enough to keep them in the “Star” group. The first logo in this group has a star, too, but it’s small.
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The bottom three logos are presented in the order they were designed, each inspired by the one before it.

3) Two guns crossed
Why settle for one gun, when you can have two?
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4) Other weapons crossed
Guns are so barbaric. Here are some logos which feature blades instead.
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5) Crossbones
White supremacists seem to prefer skulls over swords. Hey, haven’t I seen that Combat 18 logo somewhere before?
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6) Animals with multiple heads
The SLA’s seven-headed cobra, below, was apparently taken from an ancient Sri Lankan symbol.
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7) Other
What to make of the rest? I’m not sure what the Oromo Liberation Front logo is supposed to suggest. And that “EPB” logo doesn’t inspire terror at all. It looks like an Olympic team logo. I’ve never heard of the Creativity Movement before, and now I still have no idea what they stand for. What’s with the “W”?
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i like the combat 18 one best. simple, threatening and easily recognisable. black and white means cheap letter headed paper as well.
 
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I think they all need new logos, they haven't really stood the test of time.

Maybe they should start an internal competition to design a new logo?

Alternatively how about OcUK doing it for them? :p
 
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