On the 2nd of November 2004, Dutch filmmaker and publicist Theo van Gogh was killed by a twenty-six year old Islamist extremist. Although the assassin struck alone, it was quickly revealed that he had been an influential figure in a loosely-bound group of young radical and extremist Muslims.
The Kurds of Syria were an unknown factor within the Syrian civil war. That all changed after IS turned its focus on the Kurds and international media reported on the (named Ayn al-Arab in Arabic). How paradoxical as it might in the long term sound, this might be beneficial for the position of Syria’s Kurds.
On October 14th, a Google Hangout on foreign fighters with international experts was broadcasted as part of the MOOC Terrorism and Counterterrorism: Comparing Theory & Practice of Leiden University. Experts who joined this chat were Mr. Mark Singleton, Director of the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism - ICCT The Hague), Mr. Raffaello Pantucci (Director International Security Studies, Royal United Services Institute- RUSI) and Mr. Daan Weggemans (Centre for Terrorism & Counterterrorism).