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October 11, 2016

Event: ‘Report Launch – Governing the Caliphate: Profiles of Islamic State Leaders’

Henry Jackson Society
Kyle Orton

koTIME: 17:00-18:00, Tuesday 11th October 2016

VENUE: Committee Room 6, House of Commons, Houses of Parliament, SW1A 0AA

SPEAKER: Kyle Orton, Research Fellow, The Henry Jackson Society;
Author, ‘Governing the Caliphate: Profiles of Islamic State Leaders’

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The Islamic State has been controlling territory and running a de facto state in Iraq and Syria for more than two years. Though the Islamic State has become infamous for its brutality and destructiveness, it has, in fact, in the areas it holds, created a sophisticated bureaucracy which oversees the appointment of personnel and the distribution of resources. The Islamic State’s sophisticated foreign intelligence service and specifically its infrastructure in Europe has allowed it to carry out terrorist attacks abroad, even as it loses territory at its core. The “lone wolf” attacks turn out, on inspection, to be guided from the centre, and this component of the Islamic State was crucial to its state-building from the start.

By kind invitation of Jack Lopresti MP, The Henry Jackson Society is pleased to invite you to an event with Kyle Orton, Middle East analyst and fellow at The Henry Jackson Society. Orton’s presentation will look at the various departments of the Islamic State, from military to religious to propaganda and media, the role they play in the caliphate, and the men who run them.

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Kyle Orton is a Middle East analyst and research fellow at The Henry Jackson Society, focused on Syria and Sunni militant movements, particularly the evolution and structure of the Islamic State. Recently he was asked to assist with the writing of the Pentagon’s history of the Iraq war and the development of the Islamic State. His work has been published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and in a number of other outlets.