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10th March 2016 – Quoted by Katherine Gypson, Jeff Seldin, Jamie Dettmer - Voice of America

Concerns Dampen Hopes of Major Break in IS Data Breach

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Nagging doubts are tempering expectations that a purported trove of data files stolen from Islamic State will help unmask the terror group's foreign fighter network and perhaps lead to a crippling blow against the self-declared caliphate. more...

9th March 2016 – Quoted by Jeremy Bender - Business Insider

One of ISIS’s top commanders that the US likely just killed was a ‘star pupil’ of US-special forces

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

On Tuesday, the US military cautiously celebrated what has the potential, if confirmed, of being a major victory in the fight against ISIS. more...

9th March 2016 – Quoted by Howard LaFranchi - The Christian Science Monitor

From Africa, an unexpected lesson in how to topple terrorists

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

After the self-proclaimed Islamic State swept in from Syria in 2014 and grabbed huge swaths of Iraq, counterterrorism experts said the group’s control of significant territory would make it considerably more difficult to defeat. more...

9th March 2016 – Quoted by Jeff Seldin - Voice of America

US to Forge 2nd Coalition to Stop IS Growth in Africa

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

U.S. officials are pushing a select group of allies to expand their sights beyond Iraq and Syria in the global effort to destroy the Islamic State (IS) terror group. more...

25th February 2016 – Quoted Oriana Pawlyk - Air Force Times

Remember the war in Yemen? The U.S. Air Force is there

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Since beginning an air war against in Houthi rebels in Yemen last year, the Saudis and their allies have relied on U.S. tankers to refuel their aircraft in flight. more...

25th February 2016 – Quoted by Nancy A. Youssef - The Daily Beast

ISIS Is Losing Its Capital

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

This week’s fighting in Syria has seen major changes for the self-proclaimed Islamic State’s grip there, leaving some in the Pentagon wondering if ISIS is trying to expand its territorial hold or is in its last throes. more...

23rd February 2016 – Quoted by Zack Beauchamp - Vox

Beyond Syria and Iraq: ISIS is losing ground around the world

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Libyan fighters are celebrating a major victory on Tuesday: They've driven ISIS out of parts of Benghazi, eastern Libya's largest city, building on advances in and around the city on Sunday. more...

23rd February 2016 – War on the Rocks

Neither Remaining Nor Expanding: The Islamic State’s Global Expansion Struggles

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Judging from the Islamic State’s propaganda, it would appear the group is rapidly overtaking the Muslim world. The Islamic State has declared wilayats (provinces) in ten countries spanning from Nigeria to the Caucasus region. It has executed high-profile attacks in several otherwise stable countries, including Tunisia, Turkey, Kuwait, France, and the United States. The group has championed its victories and downplayed its defeats at every turn, portraying itself as a military behemoth destined to restore the caliphate to its former glory. In short, the Islamic State would like the world — and especially prospective recruits — to believe it is “remaining and expanding” (baqiya wa tatamaddad), a slogan that defines the group’s propaganda. more...

23rd February 2016 – Quoted by Eli Lake - Bloomberg

Where Islamic State Stumbles in Its War With Al-Qaeda

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Since al-Qaeda expelled it from its ranks a little more than two years ago, the Islamic State has been on a tear. It has taken Iraq's second-largest city, declared itself a caliphate, won over al Qaeda affiliates in Sinai and Nigeria, and conducted high-profile terror attacks in Europe and the Middle East. more...

22nd February 2016 – Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - Voice of America

US Envoy’s Trip to Kobani Sparks Tension Between US and Turkey

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

A February 1 visit by a top U.S diplomat to Syria's border town of Kobani for meetings with Syrian Kurdish leaders is at the center of a widening rift between Ankara and Washington. more...

19th February 2016 – Quoted by Sarah Lynch - Vocativ

ISIS Thrives In Libya 5 Years After Revolution That Toppled Gaddafi

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

There was a time when the Libyan city of Benghazi was oozing with optimism. Daily parades swept through the city center. Libyan flags flew high. Car speakers blared revolutionary songs and locals jumped with delight at booming sounds of celebratory gunfire. more...

18th February 2016 – 104.1 FM

The John Justice Show

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross joins the show talking counter terrorism and Apple vs. the Feds. more...

16th February 2016 – BBC


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FDD senior fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross comments on the Syrian hospital attacks. more...

16th February 2016 – Quoted by Fred Lambert - United Press International

Syria: Kurds capture strategic town from Arab rebels in Aleppo province

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Kurdish rebels captured a strategic town during overnight fighting with Arab rebel forces in northwestern Syria's Aleppo province, according to activists. more...

16th February 2016 – Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - Voice of America

Bitter Rebels Blame Kurds for Looming Tide of Syrian Refugees

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Intense fighting in northern Syria, near the Turkish border, has raised sharp concerns that a huge new wave of Syrian refugees will soon be pouring into Turkey. more...

4th February 2016 – Leaders League

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross (Valens Global): “Daesh’s economy has frequently been overestimated”

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Like an aggresive virus, terrorism has been spreading around the globe at an alarming rate in recent years, with the example of Daesh (so-called “ISIS”) and its abominable crimes. more...

22nd January 2016 – CCTV America

The Heat

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD senior fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses the rise of U.S. militia groups. more...

20th January 2016 – Quoted by Zack Beauchamp - Vox

Leaked ISIS document: we’re cutting fighter salaries in half

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Though the American media often portrays ISIS as an unstoppable, terrifying juggernaut, the truth is that the group is in real trouble, and is actually losing ground in its core Iraqi and Syrian holdings. A new leaked internal document suggests the pressure may be even worse than we thought. According to the document, ISIS is being forced to slash salaries for its fighters by half across its holdings. more...

20th January 2016 – Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - Voice of America

Syrian, Iraqi Tribes Snub Fightback Against Jihadists

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The Islamic State group has been losing large swaths of territory to Western-backed Syrian Kurdish fighters and the Iraqi military supported by Shi'ite militias, but a key ingredient in the fightback against jihadists is missing — local tribes are not turning en masse against Islamic militants in Syria or Iraq. more...

20th January 2016 – CNN

New Day

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD senior fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross comments on the attack on Bacha Khan University. more...