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

  • August 1, 2014
    Twitter
    Since Ansar al Sharia in Libya's announcement of an Islamic Emirate in Benghazi, on 31 July 2014, there has been demonstrations in support or against Ansar al Sharia in the city.Against ASLSupport for ASL
    Submitted by Jasmine Opperman
  • August 1, 2014
    Sitrep
    Damboa a MilestoneDamboa is a city and a center of government (district or parish for non-Nigerians) located approximately 85 km south of Maiduguri, capital of Borno State in northeastern Nigeria. This government center contains a population of about 350,000 people, including nearly 80,000 in...
    Submitted by Mike Toron
  • August 1, 2014
    NightWatch
    Editor's Note: One line from NightWatch's John McCreary carries more weight than a foot high stack of Foreign Policy magazines. Libya has split along ancient lines, with Tripolitania in the west and Cyrenaica in the east. During the evolution of the now failed government there was a period where no...
    Submitted by Jason Crawford