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18th March 2016 – Quoted by Jeff Seldin - Voice of America

Captured American IS Fighter’s Story Raising ‘Red Flags’

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Intelligence officials are taking a close look at what an American Islamic State (IS) fighter is telling Kurdish media; parts of his account raise as many questions as answers. more...

18th March 2016 – Quoted by Voice of America

American Defector From Islamic State Admits ‘Bad Decision’

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

An American who said he defected from the Islamic State has admitted he "wasn’t thinking straight" when he decided to go to the Middle East and join the militant group earlier this year. more...

18th March 2016 – Quoted by Shane Dixon Kavanaugh - Vocativ

Paris Attacks Suspect’s Arrest Could Reveal ISIS Secrets: Experts

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The capture of a key suspect in the Paris attacks in Belgium on Friday could soon lead authorities to a trove of undisclosed information about the Islamic State’s inner workings, counter-terrorism experts told Vocativ. more...

17th March 2016 – The Daily Beast

Osama bin Laden’s ‘Bookshelf’ Reveals al Qaeda’s Long Game

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

When 113 new documents recovered in 2011 during the fatal raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, became publicly available earlier this month, perhaps the most noteworthy insight they offered was the extent of the strategic patience, to borrow a phrase from the Obama administration, possessed by al Qaeda. more...

15th March 2016 – BBC

BBC World News America

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FDD senior fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross comments on the Belgian raid and European intelligence. more...

14th March 2016 – CCTV America


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FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses the recent Ankara bombing. more...

14th March 2016 – Quoted by Louis Jacobson - Politifact

Donald Trump wrongly links Ohio campaign event protester to ISIS

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Despite evidence to the contrary, Donald Trump on Sunday morning repeated his charge that a man who rushed at him in Dayton, Ohio, had ISIS affiliations. more...

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

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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...