New Profiles And Articles On TRAC

  • On June 29, 2014 the Islamic State announced a new Islamic Caliphate in the sacred land of ash Sham, which includes much of northern Iraq, and introduced a new chapter for the jihadist world. A chapter not written by established jihadist groups such as al-Qaeda and its affiliates, but by a new, younger generation with renewed energy and brutality. This contemporary generation's interests are not founded in religious debate on the legality of the Caliphate but what can be done to establish (Sunni) Muslim interests by proclaiming conquered territory a "Caliphate." These modern global jihadists are using social networks, tweets and Facebook postings to consolidate their support among younger Muslims, while the orthodox, old guard has been actively denouncing the validity of a Caliphate that does not conform to Muslim orthodoxy. TRAC is using this article to actively archive all the "for", "against" and "undecided" on IS's Caliphate.

  • Following the independence of Bangladesh, the party was banned in 1971. However, a 1975 coup in Bangladesh enabled the JeI to re-active political presence and activities.   In March 2013, Twenty-one people were killed in clashes between JeI supporters and police following a death penality verdict for their leader Delwar Hossain Sayedee for 1971 war crimes.  By August 2013 the JeI was barred from participation in Bangladesh elections when judges declared its charter in breach of Bangladesh’s secular constitution.  Currently the Bangladesh government is reportedly considering banning  JeI for its alleged involvement in genocide during the 1971 War.

  • 16 July 2014: Abou Abeydah from the Qassam brigades warns about imminent attacks in response to the “occupation of Palestine”

Critical Developments

  • July 22, 2014
    Implications of the crisis in Iraq in the cyberspace
    Editor's Note: Pierluigi Paganini is a curator of cyber related content who actually focuses on geopolitical aspects rather than industry verticals, such as energy SCADA attacks or banking sector related fraud. This report on 'RAT' - remote administration tools, with enough specificty to describe...
    Submitted by Jason Crawford
  • July 22, 2014
    ترحيل مقاتلي أنصار الشريعة من سوريا والعراق إلى المغرب العربي
    Translation by Karolina JarosArmed units from Ansar Al Sharia’ flee from Syria and Iraq to MaghrebIntelligence sources inform about agreement between jihadists from Libya (members of Ansar AL Sharia’) and Daach. Agreement says that fighters, who originally come from Maghreb countries would flee...
    Submitted by Karolina Jaros
  • July 22, 2014
    Foreign Policy Research Institute
    Frank R. GunterJuly 2014Amid the chaos of the conquest of a large part of Iraq by the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS, the Caliphate, or the Islamic State), there has been a great deal of attention paid to the political, military, social, humanitarian, and even religious...
    Submitted by Joe Balzano