Actions taken by the US-led coalition against ISIS in recent months have led to a reduction in the territory in which ISIS are operating in, thus causing a decreased presence of terrorist members (as the foreign fighters return to their home countries), but a significant number of terrorist supporters persist within the narrow limits of ISIS operational activities. Many of them are men, but there are also a large number of women and children living as part of ISIS. ISIS leaders see children as a means of carrying out various combat and non-combat activities. In many conflict zones around the world, given their readiness and number, they are a key resource. Children are used as soldiers, human shields, intelligence, couriers and security guards.
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Dimitar Stevchev currently holds a position as a Head of Surveillance Unit in private oil company and as Counter Terrorism Intelligence Analyst of a Behavioural and Leadership Unit at US based company – The Counter Terrorism Group.
He also holds a Master’s degree in Law Enforcement and Security from FON University – Skopje, Macedonia, specializing in the study of behavioural and social characteristic of extreme violent offenders including terrorists.
Dimitar attended many courses for areas such as terrorism, intelligence, defence from institutions such as NATO, INTERPOL, FEMA – Federal Emergency Management Agency, US Department of Homeland Security, International Institute for Counter Terrorism ICT- Israel and many other institutions and academies.