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4th September 2016 – The Long War Journal

Report: Pakistani officials deny al Qaeda’s hostage exchange story

Thomas Joscelyn

On Sept. 2, The Long War Journal reported on a curious story published in Al Masra, an al Qaeda newsletter. more...

31st August 2016 – Quoted by Leela Jacinto - France 24

IS group’s voice of global jihad ‘killed’ in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, the official spokesman for the Islamic State (IS) group who gained notoriety for his frequent calls for jihad, has been killed in the northern Syrian province of Aleppo, the militant group’s media outlet announced Tuesday. more...

31st August 2016 – Fox Business

Countdown to the Closing Bell

John Hannah

Senior counselor, John Hannah, discusses the death of Abu Mohammad al-Adnani - Countdown to the Closing Bell (Fox Business) - August 31, 2016 more...

30th August 2016 – Quoted by Pamela Engel - Business Insider

A top ISIS official’s death could have major implications for the future of the group

Thomas Joscelyn

The death of the ISIS leader who oversaw external attacks could have significant implications for the group as it pivots from seizing territory in the Middle East to launching attacks on Western targets. more...

30th August 2016 – Quoted by Laura King, Nabih Bulos and W.J. Hennigan - Los Angeles Times

Why Islamic State’s Abu Muhammad Adnani was much more than a spokesman

Thomas Joscelyn

Lone wolves and Islamic State’s most lethally trained operatives alike heeded his words -- and turned them into bloody deeds. more...

29th August 2016 – ABC Radio


Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD senior fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses the myth of lone-wolf terrorism. more...

6th August 2016 – Quoted by Jeff Seldin - Voice of America

American Authorities Fear Terror Networks Already in US

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

After years of undercover work, the U.S. is starting to pull back the veil on what appear to be loose-knit, perhaps deeply rooted networks of would-be terrorists who support each other even as many prepare to act alone. more...

5th August 2016 – Fox News

Happening Now

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD senior fellow Tom Joscelyn discusses Obama's press conference on ISIS and lone-wolf terrorism. more...

4th August 2016 – 104.1 KQTH

The John Justice Show

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD senior fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses the Russel Square attack. more...

1st August 2016 – Quoted by LiveMint

Immigration and terror: Europe’s crisis of faith

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

In a 2003 interview to The French Intifada author Andrew Hussey, footballer Zinedine Zidane described 6 October 2001 as the worst day of his career. Stade de France was hosting the first match between France and Algeria since the independence of the latter from French colonial rule in 1962. more...

28th July 2016 – Quoted by The World Weekly

The rise of the lone wolf?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Europe’s grim summer continues. To Nice, the bloody Turkish coup attempt and Würzburg this week were added a mass shooting in Munich, a stabbing in Reutlingen, a bomb in Ansbach and the brutal murder of an 85-year-old Catholic priest in Rouen, France. Hitherto spared, Germany has joined the list of European countries afflicted by religious violence. more...

28th July 2016 – Quoted by New York Post

Hillary’s historic ‘meh,’ the lone-wolf myth, and other notable commentary

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Increasingly, terrorist attacks are being carried out by individuals, but this doesn’t make them “lone-wolf” terrorists – meaning “individuals who lack substantial connections to ISIS or other jihadist groups” and act “without the assistance of others.” more...

28th July 2016 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD senior fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses his recent article on the myth of lone-wolf terrorism. more...

27th July 2016 – Fox News

Europe terror attacks spotlight security failings amid refugee crisis

Benjamin Weinthal

The European policy Germans call “Willkommenskultur” -- the enthusiastic embrace of refugees from Syria and other Muslim-majority countries -- has morphed into a summer of terror. more...

27th July 2016 – Fox Business

Varney & Co.

James Woolsey

Chairman of FDD's Leadership Council Jim Woolsey discusses the recent terror attack in Europe. more...

26th July 2016 – Foreign Affairs

The Myth of Lone-Wolf Terrorism

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

This month, Europe has again been rocked by a series of shocking terrorist attacks perpetrated by lone individuals and claimed in the name of the Islamic State (ISIS). more...

22nd July 2016 – Fox News

America’s News HQ

Clifford D. May

FDD's President Clifford May discusses the attack at a shopping center in Munich. more...

17th July 2016 – Quoted by Pamela Engel - Business Insider

The failed coup in Turkey presents a ‘great opportunity’ for ISIS

Aykan Erdemir

The failed coup against Turkey’s president will have ripple effects that extend far beyond the borders of the country. An uprising within NATO’s second-largest military — and the one that’s closest to ISIS’ center of power — spells trouble for the international fight against the terrorist group, experts say. more...

16th July 2016 – Quoted by Eric Schmitt and Dan Bilefsky - The New York Times

Turkey Interrupts U.S. Air Missions Against ISIS at Major Base

Aykan Erdemir

The Turkish authorities on Saturday halted, at least temporarily, all American-led strike missions against the Islamic State that had been flying from the Incirlik air base — the first major impact of the attempted coup on the broader allied campaign against the terrorist group, United States officials said. more...

15th July 2016 – Quoted by Adam Taylor - The Washington Post

The attack in Nice shows cars and trucks can be powerful weapons of terror

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

We often equate terror attacks with the use of firearms and explosives: legally prohibited objects whose sole purpose is to inflict harm or cause damage. Yet in Thursday night's attack in Nice, France, it appears that most of the 84 deaths at the scene were caused not by an automatic rifle or a bomb. 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