Terror attacks "more likely to happen" as ISIL space is reduced

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Jean-Paul Laborde, Assistant Secretary General and Executive Director of the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), speaking in Geneva. Photo: UN Photo/Daniel Johnson

Terror outrages like those seen in recent days in Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Iraq are likely to happen more regularly unless the global community changes the way it tackles the threat they pose.

That's the view of Jean-Paul Laborde, head of the UN's Counter-Terrorism Committee.

He says that this is a result of military successes against groups such as ISIL, which have forced them to hit back even harder, as the size of their territory diminishes.

Daniel Johnson has more.

Deadly, coordinated terror outrages on public spaces have claimed over 200 lives in the past week in Iraq, Turkey and Saudi Arabia, and according to Jean-Paul Laborde, it's likely to happen more and more.

He's the head of the UN's Counter-Terrorism Committee, and he believes that the attacks are happening outside ISIL-held areas because the space they have to operate in is getting smaller.

Here he is talking in Geneva about the threat posed by ISIL, which is also known as Daesh:

"Because of the reduction of territory of Daesh for example… you can see really the  change in the method means now we have much more terrorist attacks outside the territory of Daesh and unfortunately it is what could probably happen."

Tools do exist to fight extremism, Mr Laborde says, pointing to 19 international conventions against terrorism and two UN Security Council resolutions on the subject.

The problem is more to do with the amount of time it takes the global community to implement a plan to deal with the threat of ISIL.

It's far more flexible than the international community super-tanker, and capable of radicalizing individuals over the internet "in a matter of days", Mr Laborde says.

One solution that's already under way is to work with internet firms on a so-called "counter-narrative" to terrorism, where the focus is less on Security Council-style sanctions and more on human rights.

Daniel Johnson, United Nations, Geneva

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