New Profiles and Articles on TRAC

  • "The man behind Sydney's siege, Man Haron Monis, expressed outrage about Prime Minister Tony Abbott's "Team Australia" comments in a series of online tirades and has a long history of directing hatred at senior politicians."

  • Kazakhstani militants in Syria have grown to 150. Together with wives and children the Kazakhstani presence is around 300. For a country of 17 million inhabitants, for whom terrorism until 2011 was rather an exotic phenomenon, this is a significant challenge. 

  • Nusra Front's Wolf Unit demonstrates a sophisticated understanding of Military tactics that has unfortunately been passed on to an unknown number of students whose identities and whereabouts should be of concern for western and European governments. The threat of foreign trained fighters returning home to set up shop is at the heart of this paper, as it is not enough to “be aware” of the possible existence of sleeper agents in our cities but “the means” by which these men will carry out their missions.

  • In addition to updating hundreds of existing TRAC group profiles, in November 2014, TRAC compiled 14 completely new group profiles. As a part of our on going efforts to quickly get information to our subscribers as it breaks, TRAC has created a new type of original analysis within Chatter Control.  What we are calling TRAC Insights; there were 20 TRAC Insights this month.  Click for entire list of new group profiles and insights with links to each.


  • The ISM is the first indication of organised IS presence in the Maldives, a country known for extremists favouring support to al Qaeda affiliates, like Jabhat al-Nusrah.

  • The ABT objectives include the radicalisation of youths in Bangladesh, inciting active participation in a local jihad and seeking control of areas in Bangladesh. The group reflects a young generation of jihadist in Bangladesh, which uses cyberspace extensively in propagating jihadist ideology.

  • In addition to updating hundreds of existing TRAC group profiles, TRAC continuously profiles key individuals.  To date there are 5 individual profiles within Islamic State; 4 within al Shabaab 3 within AQAP; 2 within AQC; 2 within Caucasus Emirate; 1 with in AQIS.  Please click for complete listing and profile links.

  • On 10 November 2014, Ansar Jerusalem pledged allegiance to the IS. The pledge of allegiance was preceded by two envoys of Ansar Jerusalem meeting with IS leaders in Syria.

  • Dwekh Nawsha is a Christian militia brigade in Iraq’s Ninawa province opposed to the Islamic State (IS).

  • Soldiers of the Caliphate in Algeria is a splinter group from al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) that has pledged loyalty to the Islamic State (IS). The group's leadership and composition are updated.

  • In September 2014, Al-Zawahiri released a video in which he announced the appointment of Maulana Asim Umar as the Emir of al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS). Umar’s appointment follows his extensive presence and associations with various jihadist groups in Pakistan. His appointment is the continuation of a long standing relationship between al-Qaeda Central Command and the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), whereby al-Qaeda is the ideological inspiration for the TTP, with the latter providing support and safe havens for al-Qaeda militants.

  • In addition to updating hundreds of existing TRAC group profiles, in September and October 2014, TRAC compiled 26 completely new profiles. Click link for complete list with links to the profile pages.

  • After months of research, TRAC has compiled the first definitive list of all the known Islamic State brigades, including leaders and headquarters, as well as the first list of governmental offices including the names, common alternate spellings, and aliases of those who fill these positions. It is the integration of both that lends a complete understanding of the synthesis of network and hierarchy that is the secret to structuring Baghdadi's war machine.

  • 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.