New Profiles And Articles On TRAC

  • Dr. Aafia Siddiqui referred to as “Lady of al-Qaeda" and “Prisoner of Faith” is serving an 86-year sentence in federal prison in Fort Worth, Texas, for the attempted murder and assault of US nationals and officers and employees in Afghanistan. She was arrested during 2008 in Afghanistan carrying sodium cyanide, as well as documents describing how to make chemical weapons and dirty bombs and how to weaponise Ebola.

  • In 2008, Ayman al-Zawahri (then al Qaeda Central Command (AQC)’s second in command) proclaimed that women could not join Al Qaeda. However, what has transpired since the proclamation is the opposite, be it within al Qaeda Core or opposing ranks, like the Islamic State (ISIS).

  • Jalal Mohsen Saeed Baleedi Al-Marqashi (nickname Hamza Al-Zinjibari) is the field commander of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in the governorates of Abyan, Shabwa, Lahj, Hadramout, and Al-Beidha, where the group refers to itself as Ansar Al-Sharia in the Arab Peninsula.  Baleedi ‘s group was responsible for the kidnapping and killing of 14 Yemen soldiers on 8 August 2014, four of whom were beheaded. The soldiers were abducted from a civilian transportation bus in Hadramout.

Critical Developments

  • September 2, 2014
    Combating Terrorism Exchange
    The August 2014 issue of the Combating Terrorism Exchange is now online. To view the articles online or to download a .pdf of the entire journal, go to, please take a moment to fill out our brief 4-question survey and let us know...
    Submitted by Jim Prouty
  • September 2, 2014
    International Center for Counter Terrorism - The Hague
    Transitioning from Military Interventions to a Long-Term Counter-Terrorism PolicyResearch Paper | 6 August 2014By ICCT Research Fellow Mr. Sergei BoekeThe past two decades have shown that it is arguably easier to start a military intervention than to end one. This ICCT Research Paper looks at...
    Submitted by Jim Prouty
  • September 2, 2014
    Huffington Post
    The militant Islamic State group has released a video in which it claims to have beheaded the captured American journalist Steven Sotloff, according to the SITE Intelligence Group.In the video, which reportedly lasts for just under three minutes, ISIS allegedly murders Sotloff...
    Submitted by Ruhi Khan