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22nd February 2017 – NewsTalk AM1130

Justice & Drew

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD senior fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross comments on McMaster as the new National Security Advisor and its impact on the war with ISIS. more...

22nd February 2017 – Quoted by Natalie Johnson - The Washington Free Beacon

Political Instability in Africa Could Lead to ISIS Resurgence

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The Islamic State has faced significant defeats in Africa over the past year but political instability across the northern and western regions could offer a ripe breeding ground for the terrorist group to resurge, according to a new report. more...

20th February 2017 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

FDD senior fellows Thomas Joscelyn and Bill Roggio discuss the plan to defeat ISIS and al-Qaeda. more...

20th February 2017 – FDD Press

Islamic State 2021

Islamic State 2021

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The Islamic State (referred to in this report as ISIL) has seen its prospects in North and West Africa grow increasingly dim since early 2015. ISIL has experienced significant losses in North Africa in the past year, especially in Libya, which was once ISIL’s most valuable territory outside of Syria and Iraq, and was home to the group’s unofficial African capital. more...

6th February 2017 – Quoted by Antonia Ward - Georgetown Security Studies Review

Academics and Practitioners Give Open Advice to President Trump on ‘Eradicating’ Terrorism

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

January 26th-27th witnessed a convergence of academics and practitioners from across the world descend upon Georgetown University to offer policy lessons and advice to the new administration of President Donald Trump on the pressing issue of terrorism and counterterrorism in a seminal conference co-hosted by Georgetown University and the University of St Andrews-Scotland, “What the New Administration Needs to Know About Terrorism and Counterterrorism.” more...

28th January 2017 – Quoted by Mike Giglio, Munzer al-Awad - Buzzfeed

We Talked To People Who Fought For ISIS. This Is How They Plan To Use Trump.

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Abu Musab was finishing his night shift at an ISIS checkpoint in Raqqa early on Nov. 9 when the friend who came to replace him told him the result of the US election with a hysterical laugh. “They elected the dog Trump! I swear to God, he will burn the world,” he recalled his friend saying. more...

27th January 2017 – PBS


Reuel Marc Gerecht

FDD senior fellow Reuel Marc Gerecht discusses the Trump administration's Executive Order, and it's role in decreasing terrorism in the United States. more...

25th January 2017 – The Washington Times

Defending the civilized world

Clifford D. May

In an inaugural address that was more purposeful than poetic, President Trump last Friday vowed to “unite the civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate from the face of the Earth.” I hope we can agree, across party and ideological lines, that those are worthwhile objectives. But let’s acknowledge, too, that achieving them will require a much more strenuous and strategic effort than previous administrations have undertaken. more...

23rd January 2017 – Quoted by Ed Blanche - The Arab Weekly

‘Virtual planners’ of Islamic State on dark side of the Internet

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

In the aftermath of the Islamic State's attacks across Paris on Nov. 13, 2015, French investigators were stumped about how the slaughter of 130 people had been planned, even though the authorities had the ter­rorists' mobile phones. more...

19th January 2017 – Quoted by Matisak

Trump wants to fight terrorism. But what could be his approach?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

It seems clear that Donald Trump and many people around him perceive the islamist terrorism as the biggest security threat. Do you think that the approach of the US towards fighting jihadi groups will change, maybe even radically change, with the new administration and how it might change? Or you don’t expect big changes and why? more...

19th January 2017 – Quoted by Jeff Seldin - Voice of America

Last of the Declassified Osama bin Laden Materials Released

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Right up until the end, al-Qaida founder Osama bin Laden remained focused on striking the United States, its Western allies and governments seen as U.S. proxies, and he was leery of distractions that could weaken the terror group's resolve. more...

17th January 2017 – NewsTalk AM 1130

Justice & Drew

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD senior fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses his most recent piece in Lawfare, NYE attacker arrested and FBI arresting wife of Omar Mateen. more...

15th January 2017 – Lawfare

Terrorists, Insurgents, Something Else? Clarifying and Classifying the “Generational Challenge”

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The Trump administration’s appointments have signaled that it will continue to prioritize the fight against jihadist violent non-state actors (VNSAs)—a broad term that we find far more useful than an exclusive focus on terrorist groups, but a term in desperate need of clarification. In this article we provide a taxonomy of VNSAs that can be used to produce more rigorous discussion of them. more...

12th January 2017 –

Vocal Point

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD senior fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses "is terrorism going high tech?" more...

3rd January 2017 – Fox News

Happening Now

Thomas Joscelyn

Tom Joscelyn discusses the fallout from the customs outage, terror attack in Turkey more...

2nd January 2017 – Fox News

Happening Now

Clifford D. May

FDD President Cliff May joins Fox News to discuss the ISIS-claimed attack on a night club in Istanbul - Fox News (Happening Now) - January 2, 2017. more...

2nd January 2017 – CNN

The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer

Aykan Erdemir

As the manhunt continues after a New Year's Eve attack at an Istanbul nightclub that left 39 dead, one expert suggests that the suspect may have been trained by ISIS. more...

28th December 2016 – FDD's Long War Journal

Coalition intensifies air campaign against Islamic State stronghold in Raqqah

Bill Roggio

Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTFOIR), the US led coalition that is fighting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, has intensified its air campaign against the Islamic State’s stronghold and the seat of its so-called caliphate in the Syrian city of Raqqah. Over the past eight days, CJTFOIR has more than three times the number of airstrikes in Raqqah than it has in Mosul, where the Iraqi forces backed by Iranian-supported Shiite militias and the Kurdish Peshmerga are attempting to wrest the Iraqi city from the Islamic State. more...

28th December 2016 – Quoted by Saagar Enjeti - The Daily Caller

Belgian Terror Police Trust WhatsApp More Than Their Own Comms Network

Thomas Joscelyn

Belgian police reportedly rely on the free messaging service WhatsApp to communicate in times of crisis because Brussel’s telecommunications network is vulnerable. more...

22nd December 2016 – NewsTalk

Justice & Drew

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD senior fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses the Berlin Christmas market attack. more...


Bill Roggio

Senior Fellow and Editor of FDD's Long War Journal

Thomas Joscelyn

Senior Fellow


5th February 2014 - 12:00 PM

Understanding al Qaeda and its Affiliates: A Global Threat or JV Squad?

A Conversation with Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Bruce Hoffman, Thomas Joscelyn and Jonathan Schanzer

Speaking about organizations claiming allegiance to al Qaeda, President Barack Obama stated that "if a JV team puts on Lakers uniforms that doesn't make them Kobe Bryant." The president’s remarks have sparked yet another debate about whether al Qaeda is weakened, whether it is resurgent, or whether it was ever weakened in the first place.  Has the Arab Spring spawned a surge in jihadism? Are these organizations taking advantage of the new environment in the region, or is the expansion of jihadist groups largely independent of the revolutions? How well is Washington’s current approach to al Qaeda working? If the group is growing despite U.S. efforts, how do we put our policies on the right track?

11th December 2013 - 9:00 AM

Terrorist, Regime and Western Media

The War of Ideas in the Disinformation Age

The Newseum, Washington, DC