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 24, 2014
    Ukrainian Government Abruptly Resigns En Masse
    DONETSK, Ukraine — Ukraine’s entire government abruptly resigned on Thursday after the governing coalition collapsed, exposing major differences in Kiev as it struggles to quell the conflict in the country’s east.Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk said in parliament that he was resigning because two...
    Submitted by Jason Crawford
  • July 24, 2014
    The Guardian
    Two Finnish aid workers have been shot dead in the centre of Herat city, western Afghanistan, hours after a homemade bomb killed at least six people in a northern town.The attacks come at a time of heavy violence and political tension, as election officials preside over a painfully slow recount of...
    Submitted by Japie Kok
  • July 24, 2014
    The UN says militant Islamist group Isis has ordered all women and girls in Mosul, northern Iraq, to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM).UN official Jacqueline Badcock said the fatwa, or religious edict, applied to females between the ages of 11 and 46.She said the unprecedented decree issued...
    Submitted by Hylda Fenton