Month: January 2015

Toronto Jane: The First Woman to be Documented on the Front Lines with ISIS

Authors Jeff R. Weyers and Mubin Shaikh

The first case of a female on the Islamic State (ISIS) front lines has been documented. A Canadian woman has been tracked through every ISIS stronghold in Syria and Iraq over the past month via her cell phone location services and corresponding tweets.  Western women traveling to the Islamic State is nothing new, but up until this development, females have only taken a supportive role to the cadre. It appears on the surface that the role of women in the Islamic State battlefield may be evolving. There is evidence from the locations of this woman that coincide with local Islamic State gains, which suggests that she may be involved in reconnaissance on behalf of the Caliphate.

While surveilling ISIS strongholds in Syria and Iraq, TRAC analyst Jeff R. Weyers observed another social media account of a Western ISIS supporter that led directly to a female operative in Toronto. Dubbed “L.A.,” based on her Twitter handle, she was actively moving about in Toronto and broadcasting her location until the 23rd of November 2014. At that point, she disappeared and was not seen again until her Android phone began broadcasting on the 8th of December from Ar Raqqah, Syria.

Unlike the typical “domestic” role that is described by many females who have traveled to that ash Sham to become a Mujihida, “L.A.” appears to take a very active role within ISIS. Examining her Twitter geo-location track, “L.A.” has traveled on numerous occasions to virtually every major city that ISIS controls. To put this into perspective, L.A. has traveled across more ISIS controlled territory than any other ISIS operative we have monitored; which brings up the following intriguing questions:

  • Why is ISIS breaking protocol by allowing a woman on the battlefront?
  • Why is ISIS so interested in an Canadian, female operative?
  • And finally, who is escorting her through her travels?

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Identifying ISIL Support Populations and Persons Vulnerable to Recruitment

iBRABO is proud to announce the acceptance and publication of Jeff Weyers’ article, “Identifying ISIL Support Populations and Persons Vulnerable to Recruitment” in todays white paper release by the Special Operations Command Central (SOCCENT). The “Multi-Method Assessment of ISIL” involved 80  internationally recognized experts in assisting the SOCCENT in its understanding of ISIL (ISIS).

In response to a request by MG Michael Nagata (US Army, Commander, SOCCENT, Director CJIATF), SMA conducted a short term effort from July-October 2014 to address the question: “What makes ISIL so magnetic, inspirational, and deeply resonant with a specific, but large, portion of the Islamic population allowing it to draw recruitment of foreign fighters, money and weapons, advocacy, general popularity, and finally support from other groups such as Boko Haram, several North African Extremist Groups, and other members of the Regional and International Sunni Extremist organizations?” The articles in this paper summarize work performed by numerous government agencies, academics, think tanks, and industry to understand ISIL’s appeal. These studies collectively attempted to understand the psychological, ideological, narrative, organizational, leadership, emotional, cultural and inspirational
(“intangible”) nature of ISIL.

The project included the development of an overall (Evolution & Longevity) framework to synthesize the qualitative and quantitative analytical approaches for discerning the appeal of ISIL. In the process, interviews were conducted with over 50 SMEs from across the globe to gain insights into the core questions being asked. The effort brought together different perspectives, disciplines, methodologies, and analytic approaches and sources to uncover real and apparent consistencies and inconsistencies among them and to identify how the individual pieces combine to provide a clearer picture of ISIL’s appeal.

A copy of the Multi-Methods Assessment of ISIL can be found here: U_SMA SOCCENT White Paper Final Dec2014

The effort by SOCCENT was recently featured in the New York Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/29/us/politics/in-battle-to-defang-isis-us-targets-its-psychology-.html)

iBRABO is a Intelligence Research Group located in Waterloo, Ontario specializing in terrorist’s use of social media.

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