Gilles de Kerchove, the European Union’s counterterrorism coordinator, warned that a “virtual caliphate” could outlast the Islamic State and emphasized the need to “try to reduce the propaganda on the internet and develop a counternarrative,” Le Soir reported Tuesday.
According to de Kerchove, Europol, the EU’s law enforcement agency, employs a team of 20 specialists working round the clock to flag radical content. “They have already reported 30,000 sites,” he told the Belgian daily.
De Kerchove, known as “Mister Terrorism” since he took on the job in 2007, emphasized the role of citizens in combatting terror. “I also think we must train people to detect the signs of radicalization,” he said. “I have known cases of brothers, relatives, who had not noticed that their loved ones were doing badly.”