Players simulating Belgian decision makers chose to arrest terrorists on Belgian soil rather than order…
A security simulation held Thursday at a counterterrorism conference in Herzliya saw players representing European decision makers respond to the scenario of an impending large-scale terrorist attack, organized by ISIS in Syria.
The simulation occurred at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism’s (ICT) 15th international Conference.
The players, representing decision makers in Belgium, grappled with multiple dilemmas before choosing to forgo air strikes in Syria in favor of arresting and prosecuting the terrorists, who were Belgian citizens, on Belgian territory.
The simulation began with a scenario in which the Belgian cabinet receives word of a group of seven ISIS operatives – veterans of battlefields in Syria and Iraq – using an apartment in a Syrian city to plot mass casualty attacks in Belgium.