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 23, 2014
    Manila Times
    OTABATO CITY: Combined security forces in Maguindanao arrested on Tuesday a suspected bomber belonging to jihadist Khilafah Islamiyah Movement (KIM) with a P1.3 million bounty on his head.Supt. Noel Delos Reyes, police chief in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), identified the...
    Submitted by Veryan Khan
  • 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
    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