ATbar November 2016

November 2016

02/12/2016 | by ICT Staff  
November 2016

 ICT is pleased to share with you our most recent activities:
Prof. Boaz Ganor, Founder & Executive Director, ICT, Ronald Lauder Chair for Counter-Terrorism & Dean of the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy & Strategy, IDC Herzliya met with Mr. Denis Coderre, Mayor of Montreal, and Prof. Irwin Cotler, Former Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Canada and delivered a briefing on recent trends in Counter-Terrorism.
This month, Prof. Boaz Ganor also met with a delegation from British Members of Parliament led by Deputy Leader of the Labour Party MP Tom Watson and delivered a lecture titled "the Art of Counter-Terrorism" 
Dr. Eitan Azani, ICT Deputy Executive Director, Dr. Ely Karmon and Lt. Col. (Res.) Adv. Uri Ben Yaakov, ICT Senior Researchers briefed a delegation of researchers from the Middle East Studies Institute (MESI) in China on "The development of the Islamic State, Influence and Challenges".
ICT conducted a seminar for the Israeli Border Police. The seminar led by Dr. Eitan Azani and top ICT researchers and included topics related to Islamic Radicalization, cyber threats, recent developments of Jihadi terrorism, in depth lectures on Hezbollah and Hamas and an overview on challenges in the Middle East.
Experts from the ICT met with a delegation from Taiwan and discuss recent terrorism threats to Israel and the region. The delegation included leadership from the Taiwan Office of Homeland Security and the Ministry of Justice Investigation Bureau
Lt. Col. (Res.) Adv. Uri Ben Yaakov, ICT Senior Researcher took part in the "Baltic - Russia Youth Conference" which was organized by the Atlantic Treaty Association, in Lithuania. He also participated in a panel that dealt with “Threats to NATO from the East and South” and delivered a lecture on the threat of terrorism to the Baltic states. 
The potential of cyberspace, including the Internet, was first recognized by terrorist organizations over a decade ago but in recent years there has been a significant increase in the scope of Internet use and in the level of sophistication with which it is used. At first, terrorist organizations operated using Internet sites only and later combined these sites with basic interactive elements. Today, through the use of social networks and various applications, these organizations operate on the Internet with full interactive features. The Islamic State is considered a pioneer in this arena and a leading player among terrorist organizations regarding innovation in the cyber world. 
The traditional hierarchical structure that characterizes terrorist organizations has undergone dynamic changes in recent years, including changes in the operation of command and control systems. As a result, in addition to the hierarchical organizational system in geographic areas controlled by the organization, a network system has also taken shape outside of this territory. The network system is made possible in light of increasing Internet use and access from anywhere to anywhere.
The information gathered by our team over the last few months indicates that terrorist groups are fundraising to finance their activities by placing commercial advertising on Web sites used by jihadist elements to store information and messages.
The Islamic State’s Propaganda Activities in the Shadow of the Battle in Mosul

Dr. Michael Barak
In Mid-October 2016, Kurdish Peshmerga forces and Shi’ite militias launched a campaign to eradicate the Islamic State from its stronghold in Mosul, in Iraq, with American backup. On the surface, it seems that the organization is experiencing strategic distress in light of its territorial losses in Syrian and Iraq. Moreover, the advancement of forces towards Mosul threatens the future of the caliphate that the organization established, as well as its prestige. Nevertheless, the organization’s well-oiled propaganda machine continues to publish materials that present the organization as a strong, united force that continues to steadily attain victories over its enemies in the battlefield.