The NEFA Foundation – Special Reports

The NEFA Foundation has released a new interactive chart by NEFA Senior Investigator Evan Kohlmann titled, “Al-Qaida’s Online Couriers: The Al-Fajr Media Center and the Global Islamic Media Front (GIMF).” The chart maps out in detail the multi-step process by which multimedia recorded by mujahideen organizations in the field is distributed online–including the critical roles played by the pre-eminent Internet logistical service providers (namely Al-Fajr and the GIMF). As indicated by the chart, the Al-Fajr Media Center has official “contractual” partnerships with the As-Sahab Media Foundation, Al-Qaida’s “Islamic State of Iraq” (ISI), Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (Yemen), Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), Ansar al-Islam in Iraq, and the Islam Awazi Information Center (the media wing of the Turkestan Islamic Party). Conversely, at present, the GIMF boasts its own active service relationships with Jaish al-Islam and Tawheed wal-Jihad in the Gaza Strip, and the Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement in Somalia.