ATbar Shay, Shaul (Dr.)

Shay, Shaul (Dr.)

Research Fellow, ICT and Director of Research, Institute for Policy and Strategy (IPS), Interdisciplinary Center (IDC), Herzliya, Israel

Colonel ( Res) Dr Shaul Shay served 27 years in the IDF as a paratrooper officer and in the Military Intelligence. In the 1973 war he served as a paratrooper and in the first Lebanon war in 1982 he was the G2 of an armor brigade. In the 1990s he served as the head of counter terror branch and the intelligence officer of the Southern Command.

In the years 2000 – 2007 he was the head of the IDF Military History Department.

In the years 2007-2009 he was the deputy head of the National Security Council (NSC) of Israel.

Shaul Shay holds M.A and Phd degrees from the Bar Ilan University and he is a lecturer in the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzeliya  ( IDC).

Shaul Shay is the director of research of the Institute for Policy and Strategy and a senior research fellow of the International Policy Institute for counter Terrorism (ICT) at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzeliya (IDC), Israel.

Dr  Shay is the author and the editor of 19 books, 11 of  them were published in the USA and U.K. His last books are:

Israel and Islamic terror abductions (1986 – 2016) , Sussex Academic Publishers, Brighton, U.K.2016.

 Somalia in transition since 2006, Transaction Publishers, New Brunswick, 2014.

The global jihad and the tactic of terror abductions, Sussex Academic Publishers, Brighton, U.K.2013.

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The war in Libya from local into international conflict

The 2011 "Arab spring" uprising that toppled longtime ruler Muammar Gaddafi plunged Libya into years of chaos. Since 2014 Libya has been split between two rival administrations: the Tripoli-based "Government of National Accord" (GNA), led by Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj, and the House of Representatives allied to General Haftar and the Libyan National Army (LNA).
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France killed al-Qaeda's leader in the Maghreb


The leader of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), Abdel Malek Droukdel, and his closest lieutenants were killed on June 3, 2020, during an operation of the Barkhane French forces in Mali.[1]

Droukdel was a major strategic target in the fight against terrorism in the region. According to Frédéric Barbry, spokesman for the French military staff, this is an extremely severe blow to the organization

[1] France says its army killed al-Qaeda's Abdelmalek Droukdel, Al Jazeera, June 6, 2020.

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The Tensions between Iran and Pakistan


Relations between Iran and Pakistan have been strained in recent months, with both sides accusing each other of not doing enough to stamp out militants allegedly sheltering across the border.

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The Islamic State in Sinai Between Corona Pandemic and Ramadan


As Egypt grapples with the coronavirus pandemic and Muslims celebrating the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, the Islamic State branch in Sinai continues its terrorist activities. On April 30, 2020, an IED explosion hit a military armored convoy in North Sinai Peninsula causing at least 10 casualties among soldiers who were participating in a campaign against extremists in the region.[1]

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Jihad in the shadow of the coronavirus

As the coronavirus pandemic spread across the world, some radical Islamic clerics believe the virus was perhaps sent by Allah because of the disobedience and sins of mankind. Other clerics claimed that the pandemic is edging the world closer to the Day of Judgement.[1]

[1] “Iranian, Saudi clerics believe coronavirus outbreak signals the 'near end of time',” The New Arab, March 17, 2020.

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