New Profiles And Articles On TRAC

  • Since the GICM formation there has been close collaboration with al Qaeda. According to Noureddine Nafia, a meeting was held with Ayman al-Zawahiri during July 2000, upon which al Qaeda provided support to establish a reception center in Jalalabad and a training camp referred to as Tarek ben Ziyad. At the training camp GICM members received training in how to falsify identification documents as well as handling of explosive devices and weapons.

  • Previous charts on TRAC reflected the Islamic State before the Caliphate was declared: IS then and IS now are not the same.  The ISIS of before the Caliphate was oriented on war; The Islamic State of today has added an entire governance section.  These structures are NOT mutually exclusive and reflect how the Islamic State is evolving in to a government with military capabilities, these are fluid expect the names in charge will change continously.

  • The Islamic Movement of Iraq is a Shi'ite extremist groups in Iraq, formed during 2014. Whilst the group is opposed to the Islamic State (IS), it follows a similar strategy whereby atrocities committed, such as beheadings, are released on social media, such as You Tube and Facebook. The Islamic Movement of Iraq follows a trend of the formation of various small Shi'ite militias groups to counter the IS. However, its propaganda tactic of posting atrocities is unique to this Shi'ite group. These groups reportedly act independently from Iraq authorities and are open in admitting that they are receiving funds from Iran and support from Iran's Revolutionary Guards.

Critical Developments

  • September 17, 2014
    Thomson Reuters Foundation
    * Fifteen arrested, including imams - police source* Follows 40 arrests in August* Kosovo Albanians mainly Muslim and largely secularBy Fatos BytyciPRISTINA, Sept 17 (Reuters) - Police in Kosovo arrested 15 people on Wednesday, including a number of imams, in the second major operation in weeks to...
    Submitted by Norman Lihou
  • September 17, 2014
    Guardian
    Islamist groups in northern Mali are paying local drivers to smuggle drugs and migrants across the desert for shipment to Europe, according to sources in Timbuktu.Smuggling operations are the financial backbone of Islamist groups such as al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (Aqim). Their total...
    Submitted by Claire Davis
  • September 17, 2014
    Jihadology
    Earlier this week, reports surfaced that four Turks had been arrested in Poso, Indonesia related to links with the Islamic State. It was later revealed though that in fact they were Uyghurs from Xinjiang, China. Why the confusion? There is actually a relatively simple answer to this, which was...
    Submitted by Claire Davis