New Profiles And Articles On TRAC

  • Since the GICM formation there has been close collaboration with al Qaeda. According to Noureddine Nafia, a meeting was held with Ayman al-Zawahiri during July 2000, upon which al Qaeda provided support to establish a reception center in Jalalabad and a training camp referred to as Tarek ben Ziyad. At the training camp GICM members received training in how to falsify identification documents as well as handling of explosive devices and weapons.

  • Previous charts on TRAC reflected the Islamic State before the Caliphate was declared: IS then and IS now are not the same.  The ISIS of before the Caliphate was oriented on war; The Islamic State of today has added an entire governance section.  These structures are NOT mutually exclusive and reflect how the Islamic State is evolving in to a government with military capabilities, these are fluid expect the names in charge will change continously.

  • The Islamic Movement of Iraq is a Shi'ite extremist groups in Iraq, formed during 2014. Whilst the group is opposed to the Islamic State (IS), it follows a similar strategy whereby atrocities committed, such as beheadings, are released on social media, such as You Tube and Facebook. The Islamic Movement of Iraq follows a trend of the formation of various small Shi'ite militias groups to counter the IS. However, its propaganda tactic of posting atrocities is unique to this Shi'ite group. These groups reportedly act independently from Iraq authorities and are open in admitting that they are receiving funds from Iran and support from Iran's Revolutionary Guards.

Critical Developments

  • September 20, 2014
    Supporters of the Islamic State (IS) are now offering merchandise featuring the organization's symbols for sale online. The items offered for sale include hats, clothing, and jewelry, all bearing the familiar black flag associated with the IS organization and its slogan - baqiyah ("will remain...
    Submitted by Norman Lihou
  • September 20, 2014
    Dozens of hostages seized by Islamic State (IS) from the Turkish consulate in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul have been freed and are back in Turkey.PM Ahmet Davutoglu said the 49 had been taken to the southern city of Sanliurfa by the Turkish intelligence agency.Details are unclear but President...
    Submitted by Jason Crawford
  • September 19, 2014
    New Europe
    German authorities have arrested three people in a series of raids on suspected supporters of a hardline Islamic group in Syria.Federal prosecutors said they searched 10 apartments in Berlin, Frankfurt and Bonn on Monday. They arrested one person in each of the three cities.Two of them, a German...
    Submitted by Jasmine Opperman