European authorities stated they have compromised Daesh-branded media in a joint effort with the US and Canada, thus destroying terrorists’ broadcasting capabilities.
A joint operation to tackle the Daesh* propaganda machine was launched on April 25, 2018 by the law enforcement authorities of the European Union Member States, Canada and the US and coordinated by the European Union Internet Referral Unit (EU IRU) within the European Counter Terrorism Centre (ECTC) at the Europol headquarters.
According to the Europol statement, principal Daesh media outlets, such as the Amaq news agency, Halumu and Nashir news and al-Bayan radio were targeted by the law enforcement services. As the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation specified, the terrorists’ broadcasting capabilities had been curtailed.
“With this ground-breaking operation, we have punched a big hole in the capability of IS [Daesh] to spread propaganda online and radicalize young people in Europe. I applaud the determined and innovative work by Europol and its partners to target a major part of the international terrorist threat prevalent in Europe today.”
Daesh*, a terrorist group which created a self-proclaimed caliphate state on the territories of Syria and Iraq, was defeated last year in both countries and has lost the control it once held over a considerable amount of territory in the Middle East. The group has also staged numerous offensives across the world, including the EU countries.
In an attempt to block the spread of the terrorist propaganda among Muslims in Europe and prevent the return of Daesh militants from Syria, the EU has been taking numerous steps, using legal and Internet means, as well as carrying out joint intelligence and police operations.