Global Islamic Media Front - GIMF
Global Islamic Media Front – GIMF, is the European propaganda arm in support of Al Qaeda and other radical Islamic organizations. Global Islamic Media Front is formed from Muslims living in Europe, especially in Germany and Austria and, probably, as a response to USA invasion to Iraq in 03/2003.
The first reference to it appeared in a Washington Post article from 08/07/2005.
The group began, in the first stage, with distributing Jihadi footages through the web, filmed in Iraq by various Islamic insurgency groups such as Ansar al Islam. Then Global Islamic Media Front – GIMF distributed instructions how to promote Jihad, to behave in a police raid etc’. GIMF became a coherent part of worldwide radical Islamic websites who cooperated which each other like al-Firdaws Network, which is an Islamic forum, Samir-Khan's websites or al-Falluja website. The degree of cooperation and coordination with the media branch of Al Qaeda – As-Sahab, is unknown, if at all.
The organization run, since mid 2007, a web based TV channel "Voice of the Caliphate".
On 09/12/2007 the Austrian police arrested members of the group in Vienna (see - German Media-cell). Two more suspects were arrested in Germany, on 11/28/2008.
Eventually Global Islamic Media Front – GIMF was an enterprise of few Muslims living mainly in Germany and Austria, who used the power of the web in a sophisticated manner.
* According to the Danish tabloid 'Ekstra Bladet', on Monday 10/25/2010, an unnamed German police officer said that Rene Marc Sepac, along with his 23-year-old sister Vivian, was among 8 people charged in Germany in 09/2010 on suspicion of spreading Al Qaeda propaganda on the Internet.
The German prosecutor's office said the suspects belong to the German chapter of the Global Islamic Media Front -GIMF and attempted to lure recruits to Al Qaeda with online propaganda between 08/2006 and 03/2008.
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