Islamic State of Iraq Online Media Distribution

Just in time for Craig Whitlock’s helpful survey of Jihadi internet propaganda, Ekhlaas member Usud al-Tawhid (Lions of Monotheism) has posted a message about the Islamic State of Iraq’s method of media distribution. The message is by an Abu al-Zarqa’ al-`Iraqi, who claims to be a member of the ISI. AZ warns forum members not to post media material from Iraq outside of official channels online. He relates that he once made this mistake when he published clips of an attack carried out by a certain “Dr. Fathi” (probably alluding to this). AZ’s action angered people in the ISI’s Media Ministry and resulted in AZ and another brother being hauled before a Sharia tribunal. A brother informed AZ that Furqan is the only entity that can publish media material for the ISI. By this, AZ says, the brother meant that members of the ISI’s Media Ministry in al-Furqan were the

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Major Jihadi Forums Down

I wrote the following last night, but decided to wait until today to see if any of the forums came back up. Good thing I waited: Ekhlaas is back, but not stable–the server is being very fickle. I was on long enough to read the collective textual sigh of relief from the forum members, who thanked the members of Firdaws and Hesbah for hosting some of their number while their forum was down. I think my concluding thoughts from yesterday still stand and it would be interesting to figure out who the insiders were who were so sure that Ekhlaas was coming back. One more thing: there were no explanations of why the site went down. ——————— Gregory noted in the comments a few days ago that Ekhlaas has gone down. Members of Firdaws, another major Jihadi discussion board, have been speculating on the causes of its absence. One poster

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