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The ship depicted in the relief is a warship, not a trading vessel. Notice the soldiers positioned on the upper deck. The round things are shields. I think the fishes and the crab are not there to suggest the sailors were eating those things. They are decorations meant to indicate the sea. It is common for scenes involving the sea to depict various sea ...


The flag is known as the Black Standard of Muhammad. There are many variants of the flag, and as far as I can tell the variant used by ISIS is original, but other variants have been used by many groups before. The flag can either be a pure black flag, or it may have the Shahada ("There is no god but Allah. Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.") printed on it ...

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