New Profiles And Articles On TRAC

  • The aftermath of Baghdadi’s proposed endorsement is widespread, but, no one has as much to loose here than Droukdel’s AQIM.  When Soldiers of the Caliphate first announced its break away from AQIM in mid September 2014, not much was understood about the group.  However as more information has come to light, it is clear that this spin-off was a major falling out from a pedigreed jihadist with AQIM. 

  • Nusra Front in Lebanon is a radical extremist group that surfaced during mid-December 2013 and takes its name from the Al-Qaida-linked group fighting in Syria, Jabhat al-Nusra (JN). The Nusra Front targets areas under Hezbollah control in eastern Lebanon and southern Beirut and is opposed to Hezbollah fighters in Syria supporting the Assad government.

  • Who holds the Western Islamic State's hostages? There are at least a dozen surviving members of the captor's units, all French-speaking, and all guided by someone who can train as efficiently as he can effectively. TRAC and the Geneva Centre for Training and Analysis of Terrorism (GCTAT) have uncovered more about the captors than anyone has previously known, including names and photographs.

Critical Developments

  • September 30, 2014
    Al Jazeera
    A group of Taliban suicide bombers has attacked a local government headquarters in Afghanistan's eastern Paktia province, killing 12 people, as the country's new president was preparing to be sworn in.A fighter detonated a explosives laden vehicle at the entrance of a district headquarters in...
    Submitted by Joe Balzano
  • September 30, 2014
    Dutch News
    A 20-year-old man who returned to the Netherlands after spending time in Syria has been remanded in custody until his November trial on terrorist offences. Judges said on Monday there is a real risk the man will either return to Syria or will try to encourage others to fight for terrorist...
    Submitted by Norman Lihou
  • September 29, 2014
    Combating Terrorism Center
    In February 2003, the Central Intelligence Agency published a “National Strategy for Combating Terrorism.”[1] Drawing on lessons learned from the failures that led to the devastating terrorist attacks in New York and Washington on 9/11, the CIA warned that “terrorism cannot have a place of refuge”...
    Submitted by Claire Davis