Fox 2 News has learned the Islamic State’s new “media arm” has been operating in Australia, with a number of English-language publications, including the Sydney Morning Herald, the Sydney Post, the Adelaide Advertiser and the Adelaide Courier-Mail all reporting on the group.
Fox 2 News’ research shows the group’s “media office” is located in the city of Sydney.
We have been tracking IS’s Australian media presence for the past year and a half.
The group’s media arm was initially a collection of online platforms, and its Australian affiliates include the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, the Australian Network, the ABC and ABC News.
In a tweet on Wednesday morning, the group announced its new name and posted a list of its Australian media assets.
The Sydney Morning Post said it had learned of the group via a leaked document obtained by the Australian Associated Press (AAA).
It has since confirmed the group is based in Australia and has been active since March 2017.AAP has been tracking the group since last year and confirmed it had a presence in Australia from February 2017.
In December, the Morning Post published a story that identified the group as a new online media operation based in Sydney, which the group used to recruit foreign fighters to join its ranks.
The group’s Australian affiliates also include a Sydney affiliate, the National Newspaper and the Sydney Star.
The AP has also been tracking Australian-based IS groups operating in the Middle East and the South China Sea, and said it could not independently confirm the group had a “media center” in Australia.