The Islamic State (ISIS) Logistics of Holding Hostages: Guarding, Moving, and Setting Decoys

ISlamic State Adapting With Each New Video ReleaseMedia and experts alike have already described the similarities shown in the Islamic State of Iraq (ISIS)'s three beheading videos: Jim Foley, Steven Sotloff and David Hanes. But what is missing is the full concept of what is being communicated by the Islamic State.  Yes, these executions are brutal, inhumane, and barbarian but the story doesn't end at the shear physical force of a beheading. These killings are not meaningless, much is to be learned from them.  Not merely through video analysis but also from the way each one is edited, we can see how the Islamic State is changing and adapting to commentary on their effectiveness, style, and publicity.Who Holds the Hostages is Equally as ImportantMuch has been speculated about the executioner in each video, but, what about the captors?  Who holds these hostages?  How are they kept and by whom?  TRAC and GCTAT have uncovered more about the captors than anyone…

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Geneva Centre for Training and Analysis GCTAC

Le centre est une structure privée (SA) active dans le domaine sécuritaire. Il se consacre à l’exécution de mandats provenant des secteurs institutionnel et privé ainsi qu’à l’acquisition, l’analyse...

Veryan Khan

Veryan Khan is associate publisher at The Beacham Group, LLC., and Editorial Director of its Terrorism Research & Analysis Consortium (TRAC). An expert in the philosophy and ethics of political...