The address listed on the ISIS website's domain registration is a private box in Auckland
The address listed on the ISIS website's domain registration is a private box in Auckland

Suspected ISIS website has Auckland mailbox

A SUSPECTED Islamic State website shut down by Iceland authorities was registered to a private box in an upmarket Auckland suburb.

Iceland closed down a terrorist website believed to be used by jihadist organisation, according to the authority responsible for the country's internet domain name '.is', Agence France-Presse reported.

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The site "khilafah.is" - which internet in Iceland Inc (ISNIC) said was run by a group calling itself Islamic State - was traced back to a web hosting company in Iceland at the weekend.

It was believed to have been online since mid-September.

The address listed on its domain registration is a private box in Farnham St, Parnell.

ISNIC said it had "suspended domains that were used for the website of a known terrorist organisation".

This file image posted on a militant news Twitter account on Thursday, June 12, 2014 shows militants from the al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) people raising their flag at the entrance of an army base in Ninevah Province. Iraq.
This file image posted on a militant news Twitter account on Thursday, June 12, 2014 shows militants from the al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) people raising their flag at the entrance of an army base in Ninevah Province. Iraq. AP Photo - Albaraka News

Several other websites with similar names which IS militants claim to have established in parts of Iraq and Syria already exist in other countries and without clear links to the group, AFP said.

ISNIC head Jens Petur Jensen told local media in Iceland it was the first time the country had to close a website down because of its content.

"We have no experience with this... we have always pointed out that it's none of our business. That the Islamic State had their domain under '.is' was something we feared because of the abbreviation," he said.

Mr Jensen said that the owners of the site did not reply to emails or to phone calls to a British number used for registration.

A spokeswoman for Prime Minister John Key said the matter was not among his responsibilities as Minister for National Security and Intelligence, and directed queries to Chris Finlayson, Minister for the Security Intelligence Services (SIS) and the Government Security Communications Bureau (GCSB).

A spokesman for Communications Minister Amy Adams said the issue did not fall under her portfolio.

Comment was being sought from Mr Finlayson's office and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.


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