New Profiles And Articles On TRAC

  • China hacked into the corporate networks of three top Israeli defense technology companies, including Elisra GroupIsrael Aerospace Industries, and Rafael Advanced Defense SystemsMost of the information was intellectual property pertaining to Arrow III missiles, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), ballistic rockets, and other technical documents in the same fields of study.  Based on the infiltration Chinese hackers were looking for information related to Israel’s all-weather air defense system called Iron Dome.  Attacks bore all of the hallmarks of the “Comment Crew,” a prolific and state-sponsored hacking group associated with the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and credited with stealing terabytes of data from defense contractors and U.S. corporations.

  • The Declaration of the Caliphate in Iraq by Islamic State (ISIS) in July 2014 raises growing concerns about jihadist expansion all over the world, but especially in North Africa where diverse jihadist groups and leaders are vying for dominance. In a region known for jihadist splinter groups, competing ethnic militias and lack of trust amongst these groups leaders, a Maghreb or Sahel Caliphate seems only possible if unity could be gained within a regional dynamic of jihadist diversity.

  • On June 29, 2014 the Islamic State announced a new Islamic Caliphate in the sacred land of ash Sham, which includes much of northern Iraq, and introduced a new chapter for the jihadist world. A chapter not written by established jihadist groups such as al-Qaeda and its affiliates, but by a new, younger generation with renewed energy and brutality. This contemporary generation's interests are not founded in religious debate on the legality of the Caliphate but what can be done to establish (Sunni) Muslim interests by proclaiming conquered territory a "Caliphate." These modern global jihadists are using social networks, tweets and Facebook postings to consolidate their support among younger Muslims, while the orthodox, old guard has been actively denouncing the validity of a Caliphate that does not conform to Muslim orthodoxy. TRAC is using this article to actively archive all the "for", "against" and "undecided" on IS's Caliphate.

Critical Developments

  • July 30, 2014
    The Asian Age
    Dozens of people were killed and injured in a “terrorist attack” in China’s far western Xinjiang region, home to the mainly Muslim Uighur minority, state media reported Tuesday.“A gang armed with knives and axes attacked a police station and government offices” in Shache county early Monday, the...
    Submitted by Jasmine Opperman
  • July 30, 2014
    Abusidiqu
    Multiple explosions yesterday rocked the commercial town of Potiskum in Yobe State while scores of people were feared dead.According to witnesses, the explosions occurred very close to the palace of the Emir of Potiskum at a popular mosque called Kalli Alkali Mosque.The bombs, believed to have been...
    Submitted by Jasmine Opperman
  • July 30, 2014
    Abusidiqu
    The Civilian JTF in Borno said yesterday that at least 40 members of the Boko Haram terrorist group, among whom were teenage girls, had sneaked into the Maiduguri with the intention of carrying out suicide bombings.This is just as the Borno State police command issued a statement calling on members...
    Submitted by Jasmine Opperman