Al-Furqan Media Foundation

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The al-Furqan Foundation for Media Production (Arabic: مؤسسة الفرقان للإنتاج الإعلامي‎, muasasat alfurqan lil'iintaj al'ilamii) is the primary media production house of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. It is responsible for production of major media releases, including the statements of the spokesman and leader of the group.

History

The Al-Furqan Media Foundation was founded by the Iraqi man Dr Wa'il al-Fayad, known as Abu Muhammad al-Furqan. He got his name "al-Furqan" from his role in founding this media house, which was named after the 25th sura of the Quran Al-Furqan.[1] It is the oldest media production house for the Islamic State, being founded in November 2006 to release media for the Islamic State of Iraq which produces CDs, DVDs, posters, pamphlets, and web-related propaganda products and official statements.[2] The earliest release indexed by the SITE Intelligence Group is on 21 November 2006, documenting the storming of a police station in the Iraqi town of Miqdadiyah.[3][4]

Al-Furqan is considered to be a considerable innovation in jihadist media, with Kavkaz Center describing it as "a milestone on the path of jihad, a distinguished media that takes the great care in the management of the conflict with the crusaders and their tails and to expose the lies in the crusader's media."

In October 2007, the Long War Journal reported on United States Army raids targeting al-Furqan media cell members across Iraq, including in Mosul and Samarra.[5]

In January 2015 it released via Twitter a 22-minute "snuff film" entitled Healing the Believers' Chests, which shows Muath al-Kasasbeh murder, killed by burning.[6]

On 28 September 2017 it released an audio recording in which Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi accuses the United States of wilting in the face of Russia and lacking "the will to fight.",[7][8] and he refers to recent events including North Korean threats against Japan and the United States and the recapture of Mosul by US backed Iraqi forces over two months earlier, likely to dispel rumours of his death.[9] On 29 April 2019 it produced the first public appearance of al-Baghdadi in almost five years mentioning recent events such as the loss of the last ISIL territory in Baghuz Fawqani, the Sri Lanka Easter bombings and the overthrow of Sudanese and Algerian presidents Omar al-Bashir and Abdelaziz Bouteflika.[10][11]

On 26 September 2018, after the Ahvaz military parade attack, it published an audio statement titled "The Muwahhidin's Assault on the Tower of the Mushrikin" from spokesman Abul-Hasan Al-Muhajir, which claimed "A group of men of the Khilafah and guardians of the creed in the land of Persia have pounced in defense of the religion, acting to deter and suppress their enemy and to fulfill the Islamic State's promise to all who have the blood of Ahlus Sunnah on their hands."[12]

Productions

  • Messages from the Land of Epic Battles – August 2013- March 2014 – 22 part series[13]

References

  1. ^ "IS confirms death of propaganda chief Abu Mohammed al-Furqan". BBC News Online. BBC News. BBC. 11 October 2016. Retrieved 14 January 2020.
  2. ^ "ISIS's media network: Developments in 2018 and future courses of action". Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center. 21 February 2018. Retrieved 14 January 2020.
  3. ^ "Furqan Foundation (ISI)". Site Intel Group. Retrieved 14 January 2020.
  4. ^ "Al-Furqan Media Presents a Video from the Islamic State of Iraq, "Release the One who Suffers", Featuring the Storming of an al-Muqdadiyah Police Station". Site Intel Group. 21 November 2006. Retrieved 14 January 2020.
  5. ^ Roggio, Bill (28 October 2007). "US targets al Qaeda's al Furqan media wing in Iraq". Long War Journal. Public Multimedia Inc. Retrieved 14 January 2020.
  6. ^ Reed, John; Solomon, Erika (3 February 2015). "Video shows Jordanian pilot 'burned alive' by Isis". Financial Times. Retrieved 15 January 2020.
  7. ^ "ISIL posts 'Baghdadi audio' issuing 'resistance' call". Al Jazeera. Al Jazeera Media Network. 28 September 2017. Retrieved 14 January 2020.
  8. ^ Chulov, Martin (28 September 2017). "Isis releases new recording of leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi". The Guardian. Guardian News & Media Limited. Retrieved 14 January 2020.
  9. ^ Awadalla, Nadine; Knecht, Eric (28 September 2017). Hashem, Mostafa; Markey, Patrick; Nakhoul, Samia; Bigg, Matthew Mpoke (eds.). "Islamic State's Baghdadi, in undated audio, urges militants to keep fighting". Reuters. The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles. Retrieved 14 January 2020.
  10. ^ Hubbard, Ben (29 April 2019). "ISIS Releases Video Said to Be of Leader". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved 29 April 2019.
  11. ^ "IS leader in first video for five years". BBC News Online. BBC News. BBC. 30 April 2019. Retrieved 1 May 2019.
  12. ^ Jocelyn, Thomas (September 26, 2018). "Islamic State spokesman touts attack in Ahvaz, Iran". The Long War Journal. Public Multimedia Inc. Retrieved 15 January 2020.
  13. ^ Zelin, Aaron Y. (12 August 2013). "al-Furqan Media Presents a New Video Message From the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham Messages from the Land of Epic Battles". Jihadology. Retrieved 14 January 2020.

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