New Profiles And Articles On TRAC

  • When Abu Abdul Rahman al-Bilawi was killed in fighting with the Iraqi Army (IA) in Nineveh during June 2014, Shishani was named the new IS Military Operations Chief. Shishani led several campaigns such as taking over of Mosul, followed by the coordination of attacks to dislodge the Peshmerga from Sinjar, POE Rabiah and the Mosul Dam. More recent IS successes in Anbar in September and October 2014 are also attributed to the leadership of Shishani.

  • 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.

Critical Developments

  • October 25, 2014
    Al Monitor
    Editor's Note: ISIS has morphed from a terror group into a state building exercise. Compare what they are doing today to the spread of Islam during the time of the Prophet Mohammed, rather than the western notion of good governance implicit in 'state building'. A decapitation strategy aimed at ISIS...
    Submitted by Jason Crawford
  • October 25, 2014
    The Islamic State, a powerful and well-organized terrorist organization in Iraq and Syria, poses a significant threat to stability in the region and to US national security, scholars argue. Over the past decade, numerous factors facilitated the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria; therefore...
    Submitted by Claire Davis
  • October 24, 2014
    Detail of ISIS financing:Syrian and Iraq Oil on the Black Market (smuggling, refineries, discounts to middle men including Iraqi Kurds and Assad)Kidnapping for RansomRacketering (robbery, intimidation, selling antiques/artifacts)Human TraffickingWealthy DonorsWith a broad international effort...
    Submitted by Claire Davis