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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 – 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...

20th February 2017 – FDD Press Release

Despite Recent Losses, Islamic State Still Threatens North and West Africa, FDD Study Finds

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The decline of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria may paradoxically help the group in Africa, particularly as state and non-state actors shift resources from combating ISIL to other urgent issues, giving the group breathing room to regenerate, according to a report issued today by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD). more...

7th February 2017 – Quoted by Tom Kertscher - Politifact

Were the 7 nations identified in Donald Trump’s travel ban named by Barack Obama as terror hotbeds?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Two days after President Donald Trump temporarily banned certain groups of people from entering the United States, his chief of staff, Reince Priebus, defended the executive order by directing attention to terrorism and Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama. more...

6th February 2017 – Centre on Religion and Geopolitics

US Policy in Afghanistan: What to Expect from Trump

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Can Trump scale back involvement in Afghanistan while keeping his inauguration pledge to 'eradicate radical Islamic terrorism from the face of the earth?' Three analysts have their say. 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...

4th February 2017 – Quoted by Sean Durns - The Washington Examiner

Al Qaeda is back

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Don't call it a comeback. Al Qaeda, the group responsible for the worst terrorist attack in United States history, never really left. Instead, while news media coverage inordinately focused on the Islamic State, al Qaeda re-tooled and re-established itself for a new age. more...

4th February 2017 – Quoted by Sarah Lee - The Blaze

New York Times discovers most terrorists aren’t ‘lone wolves’

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

In a departure from the narrative of former President Barack Obama that many terror attacks in the U.S. were carried out by “lone wolves” — or individuals acting alone — the New York Times Saturday offered an analysis of what they called “remote controlled” terrorism, or individuals coached in terror tactics online and from afar. more...

3rd February 2017 – Quoted by Steve Contorno, Louis Jacobson - Politifact

Fact-checking Kellyanne Conway on the ‘Bowling Green massacre’

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

When White House counselor Kellyanne Conway appeared at a town hall event with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, she mentioned "the Bowling Green massacre" -- a terrorist attack that, the social media world would quickly determine, did not exist. 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...

24th January 2017 – Quoted by Conor Friedersdorf - The Atlantic

How Trump’s Speech to the CIA Endangered America

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Every American, regardless of who they voted for in the election, should be furious with President Donald Trump for what he told the CIA during a recent meeting at its headquarters. I do not mean his digressions about the size of the crowd at his inauguration and the number of times he has appeared on the cover of Time magazine, although it does not inspire confidence to see the president waste fleeting time with national-security employees on his vanity rather than our security. 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...

18th January 2017 – Quoted by Kira Zalan - PRI

For Sudan, breaking ties with its radical past is a ‘delicate balancing act’

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Sudan is one of just three nations the US government still accuses of sponsoring international terrorism. Now, as the North African country looks to part with past alignments, and improve US relations, it’s finding that battling extremism at home can be tricky business. 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...

17th January 2017 – Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Europe is freaking out

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

President-elect Donald Trump’s recent outburst against NATO, criticism of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and praise (again) for Russian President Vladimir Putin has thrown European politicians and national security officials into a semi-panicked state. 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...

12th January 2017 – Quoted by Middle East Online

As Caliphate Shrinks, ISIS Expected to Head for the Hills

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

In Syria, where ISIS is still a fighting force to be reckoned with,the thinking is the jihadists will retreat into the country’s vast eastern desert around oil-rich Deir ez-Zor province where it is strongly entrenched, says James Bruce. more...