THE HAGUE (Reuters) – European police forces have destroyed several Internet servers used by the Islamic State, bringing a blow to the armed group's ability to propagate online propaganda, announced Monday. Europol Police Agency.
This resulted in the closure of a large number of accounts and websites managed by the group's information arm, Europol said.
"They have disappeared from an important part of the internet," said spokesman for Belgian prosecutor Eric Van Der Sypt at a press conference at Europol's headquarters in La Hague.
"I can not say that now it's 100%, we'll see how they recover. It will take them a huge effort to come back. "
Police officers involved in the joint action of Europol and police services in 11 countries said that about 26,000 items had been taken offline last week, including a large number of communication channels.
Earlier, Europol said in a statement it has worked with nine of the largest Internet platforms to counter the Islamic State's propaganda operations, including Google, Twitter, Instagram and Telegram.
Europol said on its website that it had been examining "propaganda videos, publications and social media accounts supporting terrorism and violent extremism" over the last two days of last week.
"Telegram was the online service provider" where most of the offending documents were found, Europol said.
"As a result, a significant portion of the key players in Telegram's IS network have been moved away from the platform."
She praised Telegram's assistance and said the company was helping Europol "eradicate … malicious content".
Telegram did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
"EI is not all about the battlefield. They have become radicalized and have recruited a large number of foreign fighters to our countries through these media, "said Van Der Sypt.
"These activities can be directly related to the radicalization of European citizens."
Report by Stephanie van den Berg, writing by Toby Sterling and Bart Meijer, edited by William Maclean