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6th May 2015 – Quoted by Zack Beauchamp - Vox

Bashar al-Assad is Losing Ground in Syria

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For most of the past two years, it looked like Bashar al-Assad's campaign to hold on in Syria was working. Syria's weak, uncoordinated, and increasingly Islamist rebels were being gradually pushed back. And while ISIS had seized vast parts of the country, it and Assad appeared to tolerate one another in a sort of tacit non-aggression pact designed to crush the Syrian rebels. It seemed that Syria, and the world, would be stuck with Assad's murderous dictatorship for the foreseeable future. more...

6th May 2015 – Quoted by Armin Rosen - Business Insider

A Mysterious American ISIS Recruiter May Have Played a Role in the Texas Attack

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One of the gunmen in the attack on a Muhammad cartoon contest in Texas on May 4th had interacted online with a jihadist recruiter well known to US authorities. more...

6th May 2015 – CNN

CNN International

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FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses the role of ISIS in the Texas attack. more...

5th May 2015 – CNN

New Day

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FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses the attempted terrorist attack in Garland, Texas. more...

5th May 2015 – Quoted by Alexander Smith - NBC News

How ISIS Capitalizes on Lone Wolves to Spread Terror ‘At No Cost’

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ISIS' claim of responsibility for the shooting in Garland, Texas, was proof of its effectiveness at capitalizing on so-called lone wolf attacks — even when it has no hand in planning or paying for them, experts said Tuesday. more...

5th May 2015 – Quoted by John Hall and Robert Verkaik - The Daily Mail

Revealed: The British Jihadi Fighting for ISIS in Syria Who ‘Helped’ Texas Muhammed Cartoon Gunmen

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The two gunmen who carried out ISIS' first terror attack on American soil are feared to have been helped by a Syria-based British jihadi who was once jailed for stealing Tony Blair's personal details. more...

5th May 2015 – Quoted by Zlatica Hoke - Voice of America

Experts: Radical Groups Thrive on Popular Discontent

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Islamist terrorism is surging in many places worldwide, including in Western societies. Governments are fighting to curb the spread of radical groups in the Arab world, and their influence on mainstream Muslim communities, but the official methods so far have failed to eliminate radical Islamism. Analysts say militant groups offer an attractive alternative for some people, especially disgruntled young men. more...

4th May 2015 – Quoted by Jeremy Bender - Business Insider

Former CIA Chief: We Totally Dropped the Ball on Al Qaeda’s Rebound

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A former CIA chief has admitted in a new tell-all book that the intelligence organization badly misjudged Qaeda's rebound during the Arab Spring, Greg Miller of The Washington Post reports. more...

4th May 2015 – Quoted by Daniel Bates - The Scotsman

Gunmen Killed After Texas Prophet Mohammed Contest

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Two gunmen linked to Islamic State have been shot dead after they tried to storm a provocative event in the United States that featured a competition to draw the Prophet Muhammad. more...

4th May 2015 – CNN

New Day

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FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses the foiled terror plot in Texas. more...

4th May 2015 – BBC

BBC World News America

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FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross comments on the Garland, Texas terror plot. more...

1st May 2015 – Quoted by Erica Wenig - The Daily Caller

The ISIS-Fighting, Female Army Vet And Mother Of Three: ‘I Cried On The Way To The Airport’

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Last summer, the Islamic State overran the Iraqi military and swept through parts of Iraq and Syria, claiming territory and terrorizing religious and ethnic minorities under its control. During this period, Jay began researching Kurdistan and affiliated support groups. more...

29th April 2015 – Clingendael Netherlands Institute of International Relations

Europe’s Volatile Southern Neighbourhood

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The “Arab Spring” protests of 2011 upended the political status quo in North Africa, ushering in an era of turmoil and political uncertainty. Regimes that had maintained a firm grip on power for decades crumbled in months or weeks, though the process of deposing these autocratic regimes was sometimes protracted and violent. From the ashes of the old regimes, a new political order emerged – one that was volatile, unpredictable, and more prone to conflict than the system it had displaced. more...

28th April 2015 – Pragati

The Losing War Against Ungoverned Spaces

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One of the biggest counterterrorism concerns for the United States and its allies since the attacks of September 11, 2001, has been managing the dangers posed by ungoverned spaces. While al-Qaeda stars as the primary villain in The 9/11 Commission Report, the U.S.’s definitive account of those attacks, ungoverned spaces feature as a critical henchman. We are now living in an era where ungoverned spaces, long the accomplice in jihadist activity, are playing a starring role. more...

24th April 2015 – CNN

CNN International

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FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses the hostages killed in a U.S. drone strike. more...

24th April 2015 – CTV

CTV News

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FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses the foiled terror plot by Italian authorities. more...

24th April 2015 – Quoted by Steven Metz - World Politics Review

Obama’s Islamic State Strategy Avoids Failure—but Also Success

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When U.S. President Barack Obama announced his strategy for countering the so-called Islamic State (IS) last September, it was met with an immediate volley of criticism, most of it asserting that the president’s approach was too timid. Incensed by IS’ horrors, the critics called for large-scale American military action. Sen. Ted Cruz, for instance, demanded that the Obama administration “destroy” IS within 90 days. When told by Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, that this was impossible, Cruz issued a press release saying the general was wrong. more...

23rd April 2015 – AM 1130

Up & At ‘Em Radio Show

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FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses recruitment of Minnesotans to join Islamic extremist groups. more...

22nd April 2015 – Clingendael Netherlands Institute of International Relations

The Crisis in North Africa

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The Arab Spring protests of 2011 that swept through the Middle East and North Africa radically reshaped the region’s political and security environment. Longstanding regimes in Egypt and Tunisia fell in a matter of weeks, though the political orders that underpinned these regimes remained largely intact. Conversely, the violent overthrow of Muammar Qaddafi’s government in Libya upended the political status quo and forced post revolutionary leaders to attempt to rebuild political institutions from the regime’s ashes. To the west, Morocco and Algeria have largely avoided the political turmoil that enveloped their eastern neighbors, though the threat of domestic unrest prompted both governments to adopt political and economic reforms that at least symbolically addressed the grievances of their populations. more...

22nd April 2015 – Quoted by Nancy A. Youssef - The Daily Beast

ISIS Now Says It Didn’t Bomb Afghanistan

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ISIS loyalists may have claimed credit for Saturday bombing that killed at least 35 people in eastern Afghanistan. But U.S. officials now believe that Taliban fighters—not the Middle East-based extremist group—carried out the strike. Had ISIS been responsible, it would have been among the deadliest attacks by the group outside the Middle East. more...