Islamic State (ISIS) Complex Networks of Brigades, Leadership and Cells in Syria and Iraq

Click Image to EnlargeFor a complete list of names in table format please see our article Islamic State’s (ISIS) 100-Year Plan: The Islamic Sunni StatesNote:  Abi al-Athir Amr al-Abssi is believed to be the media head behind the shadowy wall of what ISIS shares with the public.IntroductionThe protracted struggle over Kobani, mere months after sweeping unabated into Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul, must be testing the Islamic State’s leadership. This variation in their course, matched by their variation in approach, appears to be the secret to Islamic State’s success in Syria and Iraq. Their adaptability has created a coveted synthesis of hierarchy and networking, weaving together a traditional chain-of-command with a complex web of alliances, understandings, and online supporters. In the context of Islamic State's integrated military and governance framework, brigades are a key mobile component of IS adaptability, the secret to Islamic State’s success in Syria and…

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Joe Balzano

Joe specializes in identifying and profiling members of terrorist organizations, including information such as their activity, associates, and affiliations. He has been working on the Islamic State...

Claire Davis

Claire is a TRAC research associate specializing in the emergence of the Islamic State, comparative ideologies, and Domestic Terrorist Groups (United States).