New Profiles And Articles On TRAC

  • Dawn Freedom Brigades leader Abu al-Layth privately confided in October 2014 that 90 of his fighters defected to Islamic State when he sent them to Kobami to aid the YPG.  Note: the exact numbers are not confirmed, a representative of the Sun of the North/Northern Sun Battalions- the contingent of Dawn of Freedom Brigades in Kobani- only affirmed the presence of roughly 70 fighters for the group in a 12 October conversation with Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi.

  • When Abu Abdul Rahman al-Bilawi was killed in fighting with the Iraqi Army (IA) in Nineveh during June 2014, Shishani was named the new IS Military Operations Chief. Shishani led several campaigns such as taking over of Mosul, followed by the coordination of attacks to dislodge the Peshmerga from Sinjar, POE Rabiah and the Mosul Dam. More recent IS successes in Anbar in September and October 2014 are also attributed to the leadership of Shishani.

  • White Shroud is a guerrilla warfare group of approximately 300 men that attacks Islamic State (IS) fighters in Albukamal (Deir al-Zor province in Syria), which is an IS stronghold. The group relies on guerrilla warfare tactics and claimed to have killed more than 100 IS fighters.

Critical Developments

  • October 31, 2014
    Combatting Terrorism Centre
    In July 2014, Cameroon’s Defense Ministry announced that Boko Haram[1] was a growing threat in the Lake Chad region and now has approximately 15,000 to 20,000 members.[2] A Nigerian journalist with longstanding contacts with Boko Haram, however, says that Boko Haram has up to 50,000 members.[3]...
    Submitted by Jasmine Opperman
  • October 31, 2014
    Al Monitor
    Violent battles erupted between opposition forces — namely the Hazm Movement and Jabhat al-Nusra — and the Syrian army, before the latter on Oct. 23 took control over the strategic town of Murak in Hama’s northern countryside, where the flags of the opposition were taken down and Syria's flag with...
    Submitted by Claire Davis
  • October 31, 2014
    CNN
    The U.S. intelligence community now believes two key terrorist operatives targeted by the United States in the opening night of attacks in Syria are still alive and could be actively plotting, multiple officials tell CNN.The operatives are key members of Khorasan Group, the al Qaeda affiliate...
    Submitted by Jasmine Opperman