On August 4, 2016, the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Global Islamic Media Front (GIMF) announced on its Telegram channel that it had launched a special channel, titled “GIMF Subcontinent,” which will focus on disseminating content pertaining to the Indian subcontinent. GIMF attributed the move to the need to increase its outreach (da’wa) efforts to people in that region, as well as the increased influx of jihadi-related content pertaining to that region.
The new jihadi media entity will include Al-Qadisiyyah Media and the GIMF Bangla Team, both offshoots of GIMF that have been releasing Al-Qaeda and other jihadi related content over the past several years.
As of August 9, 2016, GIMF Subcontinent, which is a public Telegram channel, has 263 members.
Following is the original announcement on the creation of the GIMF Subcontinent channel:
“In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful…
“As the jihadi media from the Indian Subcontinent is becoming more prevalent, and the need for da’wa to our brothers and sisters in that region is increasing in importance, the Global Islamic Media Front (GIMF) is pleased to give the glad tidings of the founding of GIMF Subcontinent.
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