Several victories were achieved in the war against terrorism in recent months. Daesh was defeated in Iraq and Syria, ending Al-Baghdadi's 'caliphate' that attracted hundreds of young people from around the world and brought them to conflict areas through the false pretense of defending Islam.

The war against terrorism is also proceeding confidently on other fronts. In Yemen, the Arab coalition forces, particularly the UAE's, are launching attacks against al-Qaeda in the Arabia in its southern Yemeni strongholds. Egypt is also waging a fierce war against terrorism, making decisive victories on the path of totally eradicating extremist from its territories.

The recent years' victories were possible partly because the sources of financing have been cut down. When Qatar was financing terror organizations, they were able to continue their operations through the purchase of arms, and they had enough money to buy the loyalty of and recruit new elements.

Complementing financial and military action is countering terror content on the Internet as well as countering the advertising, marketing and promotion of terrorist ideology.

One of the most important victories that materialized on the online front was revealed by YouTube. The platform recently removed about 50 thousand videos of hardline Islamist cleric Anwar al-Awlaki who was killed in an air raid in 2011. The New York Times said that the videos are documentaries and news reports. The man was famous for calling to use violence and terrorism as "religious duty."

Media reports confirmed that the decision was based on human review rather than automatically. The company has made a tremendous amount of filtering. Terrorist organizations post radical videos in ways not easy to detect, trying to circumvent the rules governing digital broadcasting.

Counterterrorism advocates made a great deal of effort as they called on YouTube to remove radical content, but such sites also deserve a praise for helping to clean the cyberspace from seditious messages, an initial point for terrorist indoctrination.

The online battle against terrorism is more complicated than the one in the battlefields. It has taken a new turn since last October, when the G7 countries and major search engines and media companies agreed to tackle Internet terrorism. The aim was to block online recruitment by extremist groups. The agreement was designed to prevent the violence-inciting rhetoric, broadcasting of instructions to carry out terror attacks, the circulation of information on making and detonating bombs and minimizing the promotion of radical groups' activities.

On the sidelines of the signing of this historic agreement, the Italian Interior Minister Marco Minniti said "over 80 percent of conversations and radicalisation happen online [...] Intervening [online] is therefore a crucial aspect,"."

The world must pay attention to the importance of the continuing war against terrorism over the Internet as terror content has spread across the virtual world in recent years. The Internet battle is as important as real-world counteraction.