International community should prepare for "Post-ISIS Era"

提前着眼应对 “后伊斯兰国”时代

China Military
Huang Panyue

张 锴

By Zhang Kai


BEIJING, May 26 (ChinaMil) -- With the battlefield retreat and the further tightening of financial resources of the Islamic State (IS), the military collapse of Islamic State of Iraq and al Shams (ISIS) is only a matter of time.


However, the military victory over the ISIS does not mean the arrival of peace, nor does it mean the end of terrorism. The international community must take precautions and take the initiative to prepare for the "Post-ISIS Era".


First, we should prevent the ISIS headquarters from transferring.


At present, the international terrorist forces are not simply intended to "create terror", they have their own complete political pursuit and even ideological demands. ISIS is intended to establish a political and religious caliphate so that all the people will believe in Islamic fundamentalism.


A few years ago, terrorist forces around the world have a confluence trend when ISIS was growing. A report released by the United Nations (UN) last year indicated that as of the end of 2015, 34 armed groups around the world including Africa's "Boko Haram" and the Abu Sayyaf organization in the Philippines have declared allegiance to ISIS.


Although the current headquarters of ISIS in the Middle East is on the edge of collapse, it is still likely to spread as malignant tumors. They might rebuild the headquarters and restart relying on other organizations or branches. The international community should work together to avoid this from happening.


Second, we should crack down on "lone wolf" attacks.


The so-called "lone wolf" attack is conducted by the terrorist that does not belong to any organization. Such attack is hard to prevent because there is very little information or communication before the attack.


A large number of Middle Eastern refugees came to Europe as a result of the Syrian civil war and the joint strike against ISIS. Many terrorists are among these refugees, bringing great risks to the security and stability of Europe.


Data show that there have been 409 terrorist attacks in 2017, killing a total of 2,841 people. Many of these incidents are "lone wolf" attacks. France, Germany and other countries are victims of such attack.


Therefore, all parties should strengthen the exchange of information and law enforcement cooperation and build a line of defense to keep high pressure against "lone wolf" attacks.


Third, we should cut off the network communication channels of terrorism.


ISIS is using new media, social networks and other information technology means to spread extreme religious ideas, recruit new followers, intimidate the masses and advocate their attacks.


ISIS has special personnel responsible for their accounts on well-known social networking sites such as YouTube and Twitter. They push text, video and other information in multiple languages, interact directly with supporters, disseminate extreme ideas and recruitment information and encourage followers to conduct terrorist attacks.


In this regard, countries around the world should work closely to strengthen the supervision of relevant network information to cut off the channels of the spreading of terrorism.

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