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 1, 2014
    The Daily Beast
    The migration from Internet chat forums to social media platforms came late to jihadists, but they’ve adapted skillfully. A strategy developed over years has evolved into a sophisticated campaign and now, at the center of the world’s attention, ISIS is using its skill to communicate directly to an...
    Submitted by Jasmine Opperman
  • September 1, 2014
    The New Yorker
    Editor's Note: As true a history of Anonymous as can be written, extensive interviews with pivotal figure Chris Doyon, clarification from anthropologist Gabriella Coleman, Barrett Brown's connection to the People's Liberation Front. This is amazingly well done. In the mid-nineteen-seventies,...
    Submitted by Jason Crawford
  • September 1, 2014
    You Tube
    Video Notes: 01 September 2014: Video: "Islamic State Tabqa-Airbase Tour Release"
    Submitted by Jasmine Opperman