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5th May 2017 – Quoted by W.J. Hennigan - Los Angeles Times

Killing the messenger: targeting Islamic State’s operatives who plot foreign attacks online

Thomas Joscelyn

The months-long manhunt for French-born Rachid Kassim ended one chilly morning early this year when a drone-launched missile destroyed his battered white pickup truck as it motored through the besieged Iraqi city of Mosul. more...

8th September 2016 – Quoted by Austin Bodetti - The Diplomat

The Taliban’s Latest Battlefield: Social Media

Bill Roggio

The Taliban has drastically ramped up its presence on services like Twitter and WhatsApp in the past few years. more...

15th July 2016 – Quoted by Rukmini Callimachi - The New York Times

In Truck Attack in Nice, Mainstay of Commerce Reinvented as Tool of Death

Thomas Joscelyn

More than five years ago, Al Qaeda called on its followers to use cars as tools of terror. Soon after, the terrorist group that had brought down the twin towers scrapped the idea, feeling that the tactic was too indiscriminate, too likely to kill Muslims. more...

15th July 2016 – Quoted by Eli Lake - Bloomberg

Learning to Live With Islamic Terrorism, in France and Beyond

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

After the horror at Nice, perhaps the most depressing comment came from France's prime minister. Calling for unity in the face of terror, Manuel Valls observed: "Times have changed, and we should learn to live with terrorism. We have to show solidarity and collective calm." more...

1st April 2015 – Quoted by Mitch Potter -

Don’t Believe Talk of an Islamic State Truce

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Every day is April Fool’s when it comes to Dabiq, the slick propaganda sheet the Islamic State uses to play with the minds of English readers. more...

17th March 2014 – Cited by Robert Sibley, Ottawa Citizen

Terrorism of the Mundane: Al Qaeda’s Shift to Street Jihad Tactics

Thomas Joscelyn

I’ve often wondered when the Islamists would bring the kind of IED tactics that were deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq against western soldiers to the cities of North America. more...

30th September 2013 – Quoted by First Post

Tweeting Terrorists: Twitter Shuts Down al-Qaeda Account in 5 days

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

In another sign of how terrorist organisations are increasingly looking at social media as a serious platform to spread their message and possibly engage... more...

24th September 2013 – Quoted by Lori Hinnant, Associated Press

Kenya Attack Unfolded in Up and Down Twitter Feeds

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

As the deadly attack unfolded inside Kenya's Westgate mall, the militants who claimed responsibility for the spreading mayhem sent out tweet after tweet... more...

17th June 2013 – Interview by the Russian International Affairs Council

Online Radicalization to Violence

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The Internet is actively used by terrorist to inform, motivate and recruit “lone wolf” extremists and terrorists. Online self-radicalization to violence is the rising threat that... more...

5th June 2013 – Quoted by Zach Pontz, The Algemeiner

Report: Hamas Faux ‘Journalists’ Remain on Newseum’s Memorial Wall

Jonathan Schanzer

The names of two terrorists whose inclusion in a tribute by the Newseum to journalists killed in the line of duty stirred controversy last month, remain on the Newseum’s “Memorial Wall,”... more...

14th May 2013 – Quoted by Lisa Daftari, Fox News

Newseum Reverses Plan to Honor Accused Terrorists

Clifford D. May

Washington’s Newseum reversed its plans to honor two accused members of a terrorist organization when it pays tribute to journalists who died in the line of duty last year, has learned. more...

11th May 2013 – Quoted by Michael Willner, The Jerusalem Post

DC’s Newseum Inclusion of Hamas Media Sparks Debate

Clifford D. May

Two cameramen from Hamas’s television network, Al-Aksa TV, are included in an exhibit at the Newseum in Washington – a media museum and major event space – that this month... more...

30th April 2013 – Quoted by J. Dana Stuster, Foreign Policy

You Can Buy Jihadi Rap on iTunes, But is That a Good Thing?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

I didn't think it would be hard to find "9 Disturbingly Good Jihadi Raps" online, but it was. There were, of course, the stylings of al-Shabab's rapper laureate, Omar Hammami... more...

18th March 2013 – Cited by Mohammed Alsaif, Arab News

Shining Light of Social Media

The Saudi novelist and Arabic Booker prizewinner Abdo Khaal once said that the main problem of our society is that it hides its issues so deep, it become nearly impossible to talk about them anymore. more...

7th March 2013 – Quoted by Colin Randall, The National

Al Qaeda’s ‘Wanted Dead or Alive’ List Confirms Its Propaganda Machine is Still Running

Bill Roggio

A hate list of 11 politicians, writers, cartoonists and polemicists accused of insulting Islam has been published by the Yemen-based Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula with a graphic description of them as... more...

7th June 2012 – Cited by Natasha Mozgovaya, Haaretz

In Attempt to Garner Votes, Obama is Ignoring the Palestinians

Jonathan Schanzer

Tuesday evening, it seemed like deja vu, when U.S. President Obama "dropped by" a meeting at the White House between his chief of staff, Jacob Lew, and a group of Orthodox Jewish leaders. more...

11th May 2012 – Cited by Tgcom24 - Italy

Se Fatwa e Sermoni Si Fanno su Twitter

Jonathan Schanzer

Mohammad al-‘Arifi ha un milione e 500 mila follower su Twitter e di professione fa l’imam in Arabia Saudita. Insieme a ‘Aidh al-Qarni e Salman al-Odah (oltre un milione di seguaci nel mondo dei cinguetti virtuali)... more...

11th May 2012 – Cited by Seth Mandel, Commentary

Wahhabi Intolerance in the 21st Century

Jonathan Schanzer

In early 2011, along with a handful of other American journalists, I interviewed Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon in Jerusalem. Ayalon pressed the need for recognition of Israel on the part of the Palestinian leadership–but not in English or Hebrew. more...

10th May 2012 – Cited by Oren Kessler, The Jerusalem Post

‘Saudi Clerics Use Social Media to Spread Hate’

Jonathan Schanzer

Saudi clerics have toned down calls for violence in the decade since the September 11 attacks, according to a new report on social media in the kingdom, but still regularly use web technology to disseminate religious rulings hostile to women. more...

9th May 2012 – Cited by Zawya

Facebook Fatwas: Saudi Clerics On Social Media

Jonathan Schanzer

Mr Al-Oudah and other Saudi clerics are the subject of a fascinating report by The Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a conservative American non-partisan institution. more...


11th December 2013 - 9:00 AM

Terrorist, Regime and Western Media

The War of Ideas in the Disinformation Age

The Newseum, Washington, DC


23rd May 2012 - 7:30 PM

Facebook Fatwa: Saudi Clerics, Wahhabi Islam and the Threat of Social Media Radicalization

A Conversation with Michael DoranReuel Marc GerechtSteven Miller, Younesse Safaa, and Jonathan Schanzer

After the September 11 attacks of 2001, and following al-Qaeda’s violent campaign against Saudi Arabia in 2003 and 2004, Saudi authorities launched a crackdown on state-sanctioned radicalism in the Kingdom. This included tighter controls on terror finance, dismantling al-Qaeda’s local cells, and monitoring the country’s mosques. One decade later, a new study by FDD finds that elements of the religious establishment continue to disseminate rulings and opinions that run counter to U.S. interests, and they do so increasingly via social media.