Colonel ( Res) Dr Shaul Shay served 27 years in the IDF as a paratrooper officer and in the Military Intelligence. In the 1973 war he served as a paratrooper and in the first Lebanon war in 1982 he was the G2 of an armor brigade. In the 1990s he served as the head of counter terror branch and the intelligence officer of the Southern Command. In the years 2000 – 2007 he was the head of the IDF Military History Department. In the years 2007-2009 he was the deputy head of the National Security Council (NSC) of Israel. Shaul Shay holds M.A and Phd degrees from the Bar Ilan University and he is a lecturer in the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzeliya ( IDC). Shaul Shay is the director of research of the Institute for Policy and Strategy and a senior research fellow of the International Policy Institute for counter Terrorism (ICT) at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzeliya (IDC), Israel. Dr Shay is the author and the editor of 19 books, 11 of them were published in the USA and U.K. His last books are: Israel and Islamic terror abductions (1986 – 2016) , Sussex Academic Publishers, Brighton, U.K.2016. Somalia in transition since 2006, Transaction Publishers, New Brunswick, 2014. The global jihad and the tactic of terror abductions, Sussex Academic Publishers, Brighton, U.K.2013.