New Profiles And Articles On TRAC

  • 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.

Critical Developments

  • April 19, 2014
    Mail and Guardian (South Africa)
    Boko Haram has released a video message in which it claims responsibility for a bombing in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, that killed at least 75 people.The leader of Nigeria's Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, claimed responsibility for a bombing in Nigeria's capital that killed at least 75 people, in...
    Submitted by jasmine opperman
  • April 19, 2014
    CNN
    Familiar terrorist groups, familiar threats, familiar boasts and grievances -- all in new messages tied, either directly or indirectly, to al Qaeda.Two videos and one audio link have come to light in recent days that suggest that the world's most recognizable terrorist group is still active, at...
    Submitted by jasmine opperman
  • April 19, 2014
    Magharebia
    Having long relied on dawa, the Ansar Al-Sharia movement has replaced peaceful preaching with violence to assert its vision of the future.The movement's links to terrorism put them in the cross-hairs of Maghreb governments.Last August, Tunisia officially designated Ansar al-Sharia as a terrorist...
    Submitted by jasmine opperman