New Profiles And Articles On TRAC

  • White Shroud is a guerrilla warfare group of approximately 300 men that attacks Islamic State (IS) fighters in Albukamal (Deir al-Zor province in Syria), which is an IS stronghold. The group relies on guerrilla warfare tactics and claimed to have killed more than 100 IS fighters.

  • The general profile of Australians fighting in Syria/Iraq has changed since November 2013. Changes in a general profile relate to gender, choice of groups to support, a history of association with either crime or radical individuals/groups and assuming leadership positions within specific jihadist groups.

  • Each new release of an Islamic State video generates much analysis on the content of the videos, but until now little has been talked about how the Islamic State is able to produce high-quality videos.  Every editor leaves his or her forensic foot print on a video, study the videos and one can decipher which human being(s) edited which video.  TRAC had each video "stripped down" and evaluated by a digital analyst, the results lend us much more insight into the group's abilities.

Critical Developments

  • October 22, 2014
    Malta Today
    Illuminated signs and newly-established Islamic courts in the Libyan eastern port city of Derna have now made the presence of Islamic State, or Daesh, in the North African country official.As Libya remains plagued by inter-militia conflict, with its ‘official’ and internationally recognised...
    Submitted by Jasmine Opperman
  • October 22, 2014
    Al-Monitor
    TRAC EDITORIAL NOTE: This is an interesting article that provides some crucial understanding about the timing, location and meaning behind the orginal broadcast by Abu Bakr al-Baghadi in Mosul, Iraq. Dr. Vamik D. Volkan explains in his understanding of larger group identity that leaders have to...
    Submitted by Norman Lihou
  • October 22, 2014
    Twitter via Veooz
    The Islamic state implements the punishment for drinking alcohol on another Muslim in Dernah, wilaya Al Barqa, Libya. The men with their backs to the camera in the close-up are apparently waiting their sentences to be meted out, since the second image shows the man in the gold shirt standing on the...
    Submitted by Claire Davis