The Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf reported on 09 December 2010 about how the Ansar al-Mujahideen English Forum (AMEF) is actually operated by individuals in the Netherlands. The report was subsequently picked up by Islam in Europe and then the Jawa Report.
AMEF began life as al-Thabaat.
In early 2005 al-Thabaat was "under construction" when it and the other sites it shared an IP address with were removed from a server in Canada.
By early 2006 the site was fully operational.
Thabaat was initially registered to and hosted by 357hosting of the Netherlands, and the original operator of 357hosting is most likely still involved in operating Thabaat as AMEF.
Through 357hosting - but not only through them - Thabaat is linked to
• Aabid Khan and the at-Tibyan project
• Yousef al-Khattab, Samir Khan, and the Revolution Muslim project
• Malika el-Aroud and the Minbar project
• Abu Hamza al-Masri and Soldiers of Shareeah
In addition, De Telegraaf reports that the crew operating Thabaat/AMEF includes survivors of the infamous Hofstadgroep.
Also by early 2006, the Dutch government was fully aware of Thabaat and 357hosting's role in operating it. My understanding is that the public prosecutor's office refused to act against either Thabaat or 357hosting despite having explicit legal authority to do so. Consequently Thabaat/AMEF has for almost five years enjoyed what amounts to a government license to promote jihadist terrorism globally.
 At first Thabaat only offered content in Dutch, before adding English, German, and Arabic sites, changing names, and taking on Samir Khan's blog.Posted on 10 December 2010 @ 01:07
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