New Profiles and Articles on TRAC

  • Sabiri Jamaat is a jihadist group comprised of Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Chechnya and Russian fighters. The group has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham (ISIS).

  • According to the Saudi Arabia government those apprehended included the leader of the cell as well as three foreign nationals, namely a Palestinian, a Yemeni and a Pakistani national.  Contradictory information identified the Palestinian national arrested as the leader of the Saudi cell. Though the identity of the Palestinian is currently unknown, he is capable of bomb-making and had been a member of an Al-Qaeda franchise outside of Saudi Arabia and also participated in conflicts abroad.

  • On 18 March 2014, increased tensions within the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA) resulted in the formation of a new rebel movement: the Coalition for the People of Azawad (CPA). The CPA is referred to as a “politico-military” organization and is claimed to have “nearly 8,000 veteran fighters”.

  • SaM, as with other Bahrain militant groups, is opposed to the recruitment and naturalisation of foreigners (particularly from Sunni Muslim religious backgrounds) into Bahrain’s security forces, which they refer to as “mercenaries.” SaM often posts images of police officers, with foreign backgrounds, that the group has targeted.

  • There are approximately 5000 Sunni foreign fighters in Syria. These fighters join battalions, also known as ‘muhajireen’ units, which in turn mostly support either the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham (ISIS) or Jabhat al-Nusrah (JN).  This general profile focuses on three battalions: Katiba al-Bittar al-Libi, Katiba al-Muhajireen, and Imam Bukhari Battalion

  • April 2014 Men - some masked, others bare-faced - stood guard around the 11-storey headquarters of the Donetsk Republic. The building was festooned with banners denouncing the European Union, the United States and "fascists". The swift occupation of the headquarters became a flashpoint in the battle for Ukraine

  • It was only after arriving in Yemen that Asiri learned to make bombs. There are opposing reports on how Asiri mastered such a skill, with some indication he was taught by a Pakistani bomb maker linked to al-Qaeda, whereas other reports refer to self-training by means of manuals and the Internet.

  • The sum total of radicalization can be a tangible one, culminating in a person living in the USCanada or Europe becoming a trans-national terrorist and traveling overseas to receive advanced training or participating in combat operations. If these individuals survive and return to their host countries it would be naïve to think they seamlessly integrate back into our society and renounce any previously formed fanatical beliefs.  NOTE: this article also focuses on Candian solutions to foreign fighter radicalization.

  • The Khasavyurt terrorist group allegedly stood behind a series of violent, cold-blooded attacks on Dagestan stores, car bombings, assaults on the police and extorting large sums of money at gunpoint from local entrepreneurs. January 2014 special units of the Federal Security Service (FSB) trapped and killed four terrorist suspects in Khasavyurt.

  • Shekau's focus on the “near enemy” is influenced by a clear ethnic agenda within Nigeria; however, the other three often unheard of leaders within Boko Haram, Khalid al-Barnawi, Mamman Nur and Adam Kambar, have much larger goals in mind: a transnational agenda.This rivarly between former high level members loyal to Yusuf with more transnational goals and Shekau's need for absolute dominance, maybe the source of the recent rumors that Boko Haram is fracturing from within.  

  • The EIJM establishment followed the merger of various groups during the 1980s, such as the Jabhat Tahrir al-Iritriyya al-Islamiyya al-Wataniyya (The National Eritrean Islamic Liberation Front), the Munzamat al-Ruwwad al-Muslimin al-Iritria (The Organization of Eritrean Pioneer Muslims) and the al-Intifada al-Islamiyya (Islamic Awakening).  The merger of the various groups resulted in a fragmented EIJM coupled with the lack of a unified and effective leadership. 

  • The Ashtar Brigades is a Shia militant group opposed to Bahrain’s ruling monarchy. Since 2013, the group has claimed credit for almost twenty attacks against security personnel in Bahrain. Consequently, on 4 March 2014, the Bahrain government listed SaA as a terrorist group.

  • During an attack on Bentiu (a key oil town), from 15 to18 April 2014, SPLM/A rebels, supported by White Army fighters, reportedly killed hundreds of civilians because of their ethnicity. In one of the mosques more than 200 people were killed and more than 400 wounded. After the rebels seized Bentiu, Dinka residents of Bor town in Jonglei state attacked a UN base on 17 April 2014 where approximately 5 000 people, mostly Nuer, were sheltering. About 58 people were killed and another 98 injured, including two Indian peacekeepers.

  • A general profile of Britons fighting in Syria indicates that they are males and females with an age ranging between 18 and 41. They have an Indo-Pakistan and South Asian background, sound integration into British society, part or head of a family, and are well educated and employed.

  • TRAC's new "Focus On" feature has begun.  In addition, to TRAC new Focus on Syira You Tube channel, TRAC has established another You Tube Channel focusing solely on Somalia.  Mujahideen Moments #4 has just been released by al Shabaab, TRAC is one of the first to have this video and publish it for our subscribers.  The previous Mujaideen Moments are also availble on this new channel.

  • Anwar al-Awlaki fiery sermons made him a larger-than-life figure in the shadowy world of jihad. Al-Awlaki was killed in Yemen by a U.S. missile (drone) strike in September 2011. Yet Anwar al-Awlaki's legacy remains as his propaganda publications still influence and radicalize followers being referred to as “Generation Awlaki”.

  • After promising to release all prisoners in Yemeni prisons in August 2013, Nasser al-Wuhayshi made the first part of his plan a reality.  In February 2014 AQAP freed some of its most dangerous members, 29 in total, including prisoners on death row.  In what is thought to be the largest known gathering AQAP has ever had on Yemeni soil, AQAP celebrates the members freed with a feast, songs and merriment.  AQAP released this video of this celebration on March 31, 2014.

  • The group Jama’atu Ahlus-Sunnah Lidda’Awati Wal Jihad, known as Boko Haram, is an extremist Islamic group in Nigeria that has engaged in guerrilla warfare across the north of Nigeria. Its violent attacks on government offices, the United Nations, and civilians threaten to destabilize not only Nigeria but the region.