New Profiles And Articles On TRAC

  • Jund al-Sham announced its formation as a Salafist jihad group in Syria on 23 December 2012. Jund al-Sham is located in rural western Homs governorate. The group is comprised of both Lebanese and Syrian fighters.  Jund al-Sham close association with the IS is seen on the group's Facebook page, where the ISIS flag is displayed as well as group fighters stating that the group supports a Caliphate. However, the group does not openly state hostility towards Jabhat al-Nusra (JN), and has circulated images of JN banners in support of the jihad in Syria.

  • Raïa Mutomboki is an anarchic structured self defence group that consists of various localised self-defence militia groups in the eastern DRC. The group emerged during 2005 in response to the killing of 12 residents of the Kyokoa village by the FDLR (Hutu rebel group that fled to eastern DRC following the Rwanda civil war of 1994).  Raia Mutomboki ideology is defined with a Congolese nationalism narrative, fighting against the threat of foreigners, with the FDLR/interahamwe rebels from Rwanda as enemy and target.

  • Official Syrian sources confirmed that units of Syrian army managed to kill one of key members of Jabhat al-Nusra (JN) and in same time its spokesman: Abu Faris Al Suri (real name: Ridwan Al Namous). According to Syrian Arab News Agency, attack on Nusra Front spot took place in Zabdani district in Al Qalamoun (where JN has been fighting with Hezbollah recently).

Critical Developments

  • August 22, 2014
    Interior ministry to investigate 'Helwan Brigades' video
    The Ministry of Interior is investigating a video that was uploaded by a group that calls themselves the 'Helwan Brigades'. The Ministry of Interior will investigate a video of a group threatening security forces with violence saying they are "fed up with the peacefulness of the [Muslim]...
    Submitted by Mike Toron
  • August 22, 2014
    ISIS nicknameReal full name or real short nameOther nicknamesأبو بكر البغداديAbū Bakr al-Baghdādīإبراهيم ابن عواد ابن إبراهيم ابن علي ابن محمد البدري السامرائي‎Ibrāhīm ibn Awwād ibn Ibrāhīm ibn 'Alī ibn Muḥammad al-Badrī al-Sāmarrā’ī إبراهيم البدريIbrāhīm al-Badrīأبو دعاءAbū Du'ā’ Dr...
    Submitted by Karolina Jaros
  • August 22, 2014
    TranslationAnnounced the General Command of the Army for Operation Dignity, led by Major General Libyan retired, Khalifa Hafter, for the survival of the leader of a battalion stationed "Mokhtar Belmokhtar, called" Blaour ", and the leader of Ansar al-Sharia in Tunisia," Abu Ayad, "of air strikes...
    Submitted by Jasmine Opperman