New Profiles And Articles On TRAC

  • 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).

  • Jamaat Ahadun Ahad has about 250 to 300 fighters, with the leadership being mainly Chechen. According to Hasan Mustafa, Jamaat Ahadun Ahad consists of four Chechen Muhajir groups and two Syrian Ansar groups (mostly Syrian Turkmens from Reef Latakia). Anofficial statement released by JAA (in English, Arabic and Turkish), the group states that they are led by a Shura Council consisting of mujahideen with “great pasts in the lands of jihad in Chechnya and Afghanistan.”

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    Vice
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    Morocco World News
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  • August 20, 2014
    Washington Post
    U.S. Special Operations forces staged an unsuccessful operation this summer to rescue photojournalist James Foley and other Americans being held in Syria by Islamic State militants, according to senior Obama administration officials.The attempt, involving several dozen U.S. commandos, one of whom...
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