New Profiles and Articles on TRAC

  • 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.

  • June 2014: TRAC announces an initiative to report breaking news regionally.  "TRAC Focus On" Regions provide original text and primary resource materials, including videos and Twitter feeds from major players like al-Qaeda, ISIS, or Boko Haram, as well profiles of new factions as they emerge. Check each region daily for the latest videos and statements released by groups operating in that area.

  • On June 8, 2014, the Jinnah International Airport in Karachi was attacked by 10 armed insurgents associated with Tehreek-e-Taliban Islami Pakistan (TTIP / TTP), which claimed credit for the incident. The terrorist’s actions show a careful and calculated plan evidenced by the way in which the group of assailants carried out their operation.

  • LAFA-Iraq’ strength is not known, though reports indicated that LAFA fighters from Syria have returned to Iraq following the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham’s (ISIS) advances in Iraq.

  • The al-Abbas Brigade (Abu al-Fadhel al-Abbas Brigade) has served as the primary front group for Iranian-backed combatants and organizations based in Iraq. It was the first prominent  Shi`a militia in Syria and announced its presence to the world via a music video and Facebook posts. The group is suspected to have connections to Lebanese Hizb Allah and other Iranian-backed Iraqi Shi`a groups, such as Kataib Hizb Allah