New Profiles and Articles on TRAC

  • Burkina Faso has moved from an expectation of a "Faso Spring" to a Coup within three days, creating an environment of instability and the possibiity of continued protest actions. Opposition parties and civilian organisations have rejected the military leading the country during a transitional phase preceding elections and has called for mass meeting. Le Balai Citoyen, becomes the hope of a minority who is protesting, the group is led by two musicians using social networks, music concerts and demonstrations to mobilise support for its cause.

  • Dawn Freedom Brigades leader Abu al-Layth privately confided in October 2014 that 90 of his fighters defected to Islamic State when he sent them to Kobami to aid the YPG.  Note: the exact numbers are not confirmed, a representative of the Sun of the North/Northern Sun Battalions- the contingent of Dawn of Freedom Brigades in Kobani- only affirmed the presence of roughly 70 fighters for the group in a 12 October conversation with Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi.

  • When Abu Abdul Rahman al-Bilawi was killed in fighting with the Iraqi Army (IA) in Nineveh during June 2014, Shishani was named the new IS Military Operations Chief. Shishani led several campaigns such as taking over of Mosul, followed by the coordination of attacks to dislodge the Peshmerga from Sinjar, POE Rabiah and the Mosul Dam. More recent IS successes in Anbar in September and October 2014 are also attributed to the leadership of Shishani.

  • White Shroud is a guerrilla warfare group of approximately 300 men that attacks Islamic State (IS) fighters in Albukamal (Deir al-Zor province in Syria), which is an IS stronghold. The group relies on guerrilla warfare tactics and claimed to have killed more than 100 IS fighters.

  • The general profile of Australians fighting in Syria/Iraq has changed since November 2013. Changes in a general profile relate to gender, choice of groups to support, a history of association with either crime or radical individuals/groups and assuming leadership positions within specific jihadist groups.

  • Each new release of an Islamic State video generates much analysis on the content of the videos, but until now little has been talked about how the Islamic State is able to produce high-quality videos.  Every editor leaves his or her forensic foot print on a video, study the videos and one can decipher which human being(s) edited which video.  TRAC had each video "stripped down" and evaluated by a digital analyst, the results lend us much more insight into the group's abilities.

  • The The Khorasan Group / The Wolf Unit (WU) was integrated into the Jabhat al-Nusra (JN) rank system and was not created as an independent autonomous unit as portrayed in some reports.  Expereinced foreign fighters who had been vetted by JN are used as part of the WU.

  • The Tunisian government announced the dismantling of a terrorist cell that was planning to launch a terror campaign ahead of parliamentary elections scheduled for 26 October 2014. The plan reportedly included the killing of liberal politician Ahmed Nejib Chebbi of the Jomhouri Party with a car bomb.

  • As much mystery that surrounds the Islamic State, there is equally as much complexity that surrounds this manifesto. Signed off on the final page by Abu Kassem's alias "al-Mashhadani al-Iraqi," the document reads like a hybrid between Islamic State goals and ex-Baathist and Republican Guard concepts left over from Saddam Hussein's era.  Beginning on page 19, the document has three distinct topics that intertwine to create an unprecedented insight into the Islamic State’s policy, economics and goals. What is particularly of note is the manner in which the Islamic State views itself both in the near and long term.  The term “United Sunni States” is a reference to these goals that cross into a hundred years in the future and include seventy (70) objectives.

  • The latest Syrian profile, that brings the total Syrian profiles to 114 (groups and organisations directly involved in the Syrian conflict).

  • Indian Hacker Online Squad (IHOS), also known as Black Dragon, I-HOS, [email protected] [email protected], The Mallu soldiers, Pakistan Cyber Attackers is an active group formed c. 2013.  The Indian hackers have declared their love of Islam and Muslims but their hatred with Pakistan.  Giving a warning to Pakistanis, that websites of organizations like electricity distribution companies and commercial banks would also be hacked.

  • Abu Hanif’s jamaat is a foreign fighter brigade in Syria and Iraq that is supporting the Islamic State (IS). The jamaat is comprised of Russian-speaking fighters from various parts of Russia, the North Caucasus and Kazakhstan.

  • TRAC uncovers more about how the Islamic State's governence operates in Iraq. In addition, more details have come to light surrounding the areas of control for the Sharia Council.

  • Much has been documented on TRAC on who is aligning with the Islamic State (see chapters under The “Yes” Vote) , TRAC infograph provides insights into who is still officially allied with al Qaeda Central Command.

  • The aftermath of Baghdadi’s proposed endorsement is widespread, but, no one has as much to loose here than Droukdel’s AQIM.  When Soldiers of the Caliphate first announced its break away from AQIM in mid September 2014, not much was understood about the group.  However as more information has come to light, it is clear that this spin-off was a major falling out from a pedigreed jihadist with AQIM. 

  • Nusra Front in Lebanon is a radical extremist group that surfaced during mid-December 2013 and takes its name from the Al-Qaida-linked group fighting in Syria, Jabhat al-Nusra (JN). The Nusra Front targets areas under Hezbollah control in eastern Lebanon and southern Beirut and is opposed to Hezbollah fighters in Syria supporting the Assad government.

  • Who holds the Western Islamic State's hostages? There are at least a dozen surviving members of the captor's units, all French-speaking, and all guided by someone who can train as efficiently as he can effectively. TRAC and the Geneva Centre for Training and Analysis of Terrorism (GCTAT) have uncovered more about the captors than anyone has previously known, including names and photographs.

  • The Khorasan group is comprised of veteran al Qaeda fighters from Afghanistan and Pakistan who travelled to Syria to support Jabhat al-Nusra (JN). Western media portrayed the Khorasan group as an imminent threat to the US and Europe. Intelligence reports stated that the Khorasan group objectives include the recruitment of foreign fighters in Syria from Europe and the US to execute attacks against Western targets.