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ISIS And The Knights Templar

As we point out in our Course on Terrorism Studies at Police Science Institute historically
through present-day, terrorist groups very often selected important dates of prior victories,
dynamic events or even birthdates of terror leaders when selecting the perfect time to launch a
terrorist attack.
Nationalist groups may strike to commemorate battles won or lost during a conventional
struggle, whereas religious groups may strike to mark particularly appropriate observances.
Many groups will attempt to commemorate anniversaries of successful operations, or, the
executions or deaths of notable individuals related to their particular conflict.
Likewise, striking on days of particular significance to the enemy can also provide the required
impact. Since there are more events than operations, assessment of the likelihood of an attack
on a commemorative date is only useful when analyzed against the operational pattern of a
particular group, or, specific members of a group's leadership cadre.
The fact that Friday the 13th was chosen as the date ISIS attacked six soft-target locations in
Paris, killing nearly one hundred thirty and injuring over three hundred, might not have been by
mere chance. That day represented a historical edict by the King of France leading to the
effective eradication of the Knights Templar.
As recounted by author Katharine Kurtz in Tales of the Knights Templar (Warner Books, 1995)
on Friday October 13, 1307, a day so infamous that Friday the 13th would become a
synonym for ill fortune, officers of King Philip IV of France carried out mass arrests in a wellcoordinated dawn raid that left several thousand Templar knights, sergeants, priests, and
serving brethren in chains, tortured, and, executions by burning at the stake.
That event represented the decimation of the Knights Templar the "warr ior monks" formed
during the Christian Crusades in order to combat Islam. Renowned as a fighting force for two
hundred years, by the 1300s, the order had grown so pervasive and powerful it was perceived as
a political threat by kings and popes, and, deemed an arch enemy of Muslims.
Was the November 13, 2015 Paris terrorist attack by the Islamic State an eight century-old
remembrance ?
About Author:
David A. Dadoun, the author of this article, maintains a highly diversified and extensive resume
in the fields of International Intelligence, Undercover Operations, Counter-Terrorism, Executive
Protection, Specialized Investigations. At present, Mr. Dadoun is deeply involved as the founder
and Program Director of the Police Science Institute, which is one of the worlds top online
institutes, providing specialized, academic online Courses in the fields of Private Investigation,
Private Security, Criminal Justice, Criminal Profiling, Forensic Science (CSI), Executive / VIP
Protection, Terrorism Studies, as well as with regard to other Police Science Specialties.