New Profiles and Articles on TRAC

  • While ISIS has dominated social media in its attempts at propaganda, funding and recruitment, JN has been unable to capitalize on the same methods. The one exception to this has been “De Basis,” the Dutch/Belgian support group of JN which translated means “The Base”. It is the same name used by Al-Qaeda and has served as a support and recruiting organization for JN since October of 2013. In the last year Belgium and the Netherlands have experienced residents travelling to Syria to fight with the newly formed Islamic State. The Netherlands and Belgium have confirmed approximately 200 nationals each who have travelled to Syria. Of those, approximately 50 have died and another 50 have returned home.

  • Liwa Thuwar Raqqa (LTR - the Revolutionaries of Raqqa Brigade) is an anti-Islamic State (IS) and Syrian government insurgency group in Raqqa. The group is led by "Abu Eisa". The LTR was initially aligned with Jabhat al Nusrah (JN) in an attempt to counter increased presence of the IS at Raqqa. During early 2014 the LTR distanced itself from JN following infighting between the IS and various rebel groups in Raqqa.

  • A serious issue regarding Sharia Compliant Financing is the lack of regulation. Islamic scholars and advisory board members determine what is considered Islamic and what isn't when it comes to investments. This can be an issue as there is often no uniformity regarding business decisions and also what charities advisers donate to with money from these entities in order to “purify” otherwise tainted or “unIslamic” money.

  • 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.

  • Following the independence of Bangladesh, the party was banned in 1971. However, a 1975 coup in Bangladesh enabled the JeI to re-active political presence and activities.   In March 2013, Twenty-one people were killed in clashes between JeI supporters and police following a death penality verdict for their leader Delwar Hossain Sayedee for 1971 war crimes.  By August 2013 the JeI was barred from participation in Bangladesh elections when judges declared its charter in breach of Bangladesh’s secular constitution.  Currently the Bangladesh government is reportedly considering banning  JeI for its alleged involvement in genocide during the 1971 War.

  • 16 July 2014: Abou Abeydah from the Qassam brigades warns about imminent attacks in response to the “occupation of Palestine”

  • In 2013, the Oath Keepers announced the formation of “Civilization Preservations Teams” (since renamed “Community Preparedness Teams) “modeled loosely on the Special Forces ‘A Team’ (Operational Detachment A) model.” These teams are intended to provide support in the event of an incident that would isolate a community or incapacitate the government. Each 12 member team includes four to six “security experts,” including “precision shooting experts” and “close combat and small unit tactics experts.”

  • Top Boko Haram Leadership structure. Portrayed in Infograph.

  • July 12, 2014 Rumored Asa'ib Ahl al-Haq (AAH) assassins ­targeted prostitutes in Zayouna, eastern Baghdad killing 33 people, 29 of them women, were slaughtered in two apartment buildings.  An ­inscription left on the door of one of the attacked buildings in a housing complex read: “This is the fate of any prostitution.”


  • The Saraya Yehya Ayyash Group is an integrated group within the Abdullah Azzam Brigades that surfaced during February 2014 when it claimed credit for targeting the 14 January 2014 funeral of late Israeli PM Ariel Sharon. More recently the group published pictures and a video of its activities on social networks, showing the group's involvement in rocket attacks from Gaza into Israel.

  • Stormfront began as an online bulletin board system in the early 1990s before being established as a website in 1995 by former Ku Klux Klan leader and white nationalist activist Don BlackAccording to a NYTimes report, "The white nationalist posters on Stormfront have issues with many different groups. They often write about crimes committed by African-Americans against whites; they complain about an “invasion” of Mexicans; and they love to mock gays and feminists. But their main problem appears to be with Jewish people, who are often described as super-powerful and clever.

  • June 2014: Attacks on trouble hit Kenya coast At least 29 people have been killed in two deadly shooting attacks in Kenya's coastal districts, the interior ministry has said. Witnesses said heavily armed men raided a trading centre MRC is suspected.

  • Five new Islamic extremist organisations are active in the Malaysian states of Perak and Selangor and are only referred to by their acronyms. The groups share a similar objective, namely the establishment of an Islamic Caliphate in an area that covers Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, southern Thailand as well as southern Philippines. The Caliphate will be called Daulah Islamiah Nusantara.

  • Turkey’s ISIS Problem and Possible Effects on the Region:  The Turkish Consulate in Mosul was aware of the incoming threat from ISIS but Turkish intelligence and the Foreign Ministry couldn't predict that ISIS would dare to capture diplomats so they did not attempt to evacuate the consulate, which resulted in capture of 49 personnel.  Germany, The Netherlands and the US are not happy with Turkey's counterterrorism performance so far, and they're upset with Erdogan government's lack of commitment for full scale intelligence sharing and operational support.  To top it all off, Kurdish authorities now say a contingent of Kurdish youths — around 150 in all, mainly from Halabja — has in recent months started to join the ranks of ISIS in Iraq.

  • Australian-born, Musa Cerantonio is considered one of the most influential jihadist preachers in support of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham (ISIS). Cerantonio relies on his effective use of social media networks to propagate support for a world-wide jihad against the West and encourage Muslims to join the ISIS in Syria and Iraq.