New Profiles and Articles on TRAC

  • 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.

  • 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). In a statement released on 14 September 2013, the leader of the group Abdulmalik Suleiman Abu Gori (aka Khaled) accused AQIM of "deviating from the true path". On 24 September 2014, the group beheaded a Frenchman, Herve Gourdel (55).

  • TRAC featured Infographs created September 22, 2014 featuring foreign fighters, supporting cell structure by country for both the Islamic State and for Nusra Front.

  • The AAA presents itself as aligned to Iran’s Supreme Leader and Iraq’s Sadrist Movement (Al-Tayyar al-Sadri) through postings which include photos of late Ayatollah Muhammad Muhammad Sadiq Sadr.

  • The Islamic State phenomenon is being studied by other Jihadist groups as a blueprint for use against other governments much in the same way that it (ISIS) has used the inhuman tactics of its predecessor Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi as a template for a even more efficient war-machine. The existence and expansion of the ISIS Caliphate is making the entirety of the Middle East unstable and causing the rest of the world to be vulnerable as these conflicts are occurring in areas rich in the natural resources that other countries rely on for their economic prosperity. The research identifies weak spots in the composition of ISIS.

  • Much has been reported on the profit made from ISIS oil smuggling, yet, not much has been said on the "how and where" the oil is smuggled.  New TRAC content shows out the how and where the oil routes are coming in.  Ironically, the attempt to control the border with Turkey is most likely not as much about control of smuggling routes but rather about control of flow of fresh fighters.

  • Since the GICM formation there has been close collaboration with al Qaeda. According to Noureddine Nafia, a meeting was held with Ayman al-Zawahiri during July 2000, upon which al Qaeda provided support to establish a reception center in Jalalabad and a training camp referred to as Tarek ben Ziyad. At the training camp GICM members received training in how to falsify identification documents as well as handling of explosive devices and weapons.