Pieter Van Ostaeyen

Pieter Van Ostaeyen studied Medieval History with a specialization in the history of the Crusades (KULeuven 1999) and Arabic and Islamic Studies, focusing on the history of Salah ad-Din al-Ayyubi and the Assassins (KULeuven 2003). Van Ostaeyen has been analyzing the conflict in Syria since the outset in 2011, and has reported extensively on foreign fighters and extremist groups. He is a PhD candidate at the University of Leuven researching the usage of social media in the ideological strife between al-Qaeda and the Islamic State.