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

  • August 29, 2014
    You Tube
    Video Notes: 28 August 2014: Australian Negotiator employed by Nigerian Government naming alleged Boko Haram sponsor's. In a recent interview with Arise News TV, Australian hostage negotiator, Stephen Davis, who was hired by the Nigerian government some months back to help negotiate with Boko...
    Submitted by Jasmine Opperman
  • August 29, 2014
    Just Paste
    Ansar Al Islam decide to dissolve their group & unite with the Islamic state pledging allegiance to caliphate:  مبايعة جماعة أنصار الإسلام في العراق للدولة الإسلاميةالحمدُ لله، والصلاةُ والسلامُ على رسول الله، وعلى آله وصحبه ومن والاه، وبعد:فلا زالتْ البُشرياتُ تتوالى على المسلمينَ...
    Submitted by Jasmine Opperman
  • August 29, 2014
    Japan Times
    When Haruna Yukawa was captured in Syria earlier this month, a video apparently released by his captors showed them pressing the Japanese man to answer questions friends say he had struggled with for years: Who are you? Why are you here?In fact, Yukawa, 42, had first traveled to Aleppo four months...
    Submitted by Jasmine Opperman