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 21, 2014
    A Kuwaiti man who is considered to be a financier of al-Nusra Front (ANF), al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, was arrested Wednesday (August 20th), AFP reportedHajjaj bin Fahd al-Ajmi, 26, was arrested at Kuwait airport.The UN Security Council last Friday placed Ajmi and five other extremist leaders on...
    Submitted by Jasmine Opperman
  • August 21, 2014
    Written by Martin StysznskiApart from ISIS leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi operational and ideological capacities rely on particular personalities supporting the new caliphate.Abu Ayman al-Iraqi- responsible for Syrian front. He served in Saddam Hussein’s army. Arrested in 2007, escaped to Syria in...
    Submitted by Martin Styszynski
  • August 21, 2014
    The Trent
    Warning – This story contains images that have nudity. Viewer discretion is advised.On Monday August 18, 2014 the vigilance of Lagos Airport security personnel saved the country from what would have been a lethal suicide bomb attack at Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos.The Trent was at...
    Submitted by Jasmine Opperman