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28th April 2015 – Pragati

The Losing War Against Ungoverned Spaces

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

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

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

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

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

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...

21st April 2015 – CNN

The Lead with Jake Tapper

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FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross comments on ISIS recruitment. more...

17th April 2015 – Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - The Daily Beast

He Served Saddam. He Served ISIS. Now Al Douri May Be Dead.

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

He’s been on the loose since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq and despite a $10 million bounty for his capture always managed to stay one step ahead of his pursuers, but now Iraqi officials are fairly confident that the King of Clubs can finally be crossed off the U.S. “kill or capture” list. more...

16th April 2015 – Quoted by Samuel Smith

Has ISIS Established a Training Camp 8 Miles From the Porous Texas Border?

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The conservative watchdog website Judicial Watch is claiming that Islamic State terrorists have established a training camp located 8 miles from the U.S.-Mexico border and plan on infiltrating the United States with the help of drug cartel smugglers. more...

16th April 2015 – Quoted by Nancy A. Youssef - The Daily Beast

ISIS’ Attack on Ramadi Just Upended U.S. War Plans

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ISIS is reportedly marching on key Iraqi city of Ramadi—upending the momentum that the U.S.-led military coalition seemed to have just days ago, and threatening to shatter an already delicate recent power shift that both the U.S. and Iraq hoped to exploit. more...

15th April 2015 – Politico

Al Qaeda Is Beating the Islamic State

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The Islamic State’s lightning offensive through Iraq and Syria last year has dominated the headlines, but the jihadist group that has won the most territory in the Arab world over the past six months is Al Qaeda. more...

14th April 2015 – Sinclair Broadcast Group

FOX 11

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FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses ISIS threats and social media use. more...

10th April 2015 – Foreign Policy

From Westgate to Garissa, Shabab’s Murderous Wave

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

ter the Somali militant group al-Shabab carried out a gruesome massacre of 148 people in the Kenyan city of Garissa on April 2, two questions repeatedly surfaced among policymakers and analysts: Did this attack signal that al-Shabab would increasingly focus on Kenya? And did the horrific attack at Garissa prove the success or failure of Somalia as a counterterrorism model? After all, last September President Barack Obama trumpeted U.S. policies toward Somalia, where the United States had “successfully pursued” al Qaeda for years. more...

8th April 2015 – Quoted by Maggie Ybarra - The Washington Times

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Guilty On all 30 Counts in Marathon Bombing, Faces Death Penalty

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was found guilty Wednesday of all 30 federal counts associated with the Boston Marathon bombings, and now a federal jury must determine whether he should be executed for detonating two shrapnel-packed pressure-cooker bombs near the marathon finish line. more...

7th April 2015 – Quoted by Samuel Smith - The Christian Post

Obama Doesn’t Identify 147 Victims in Kenya Massacre as ‘Christians’ or Jihadi Group as ‘Islamic’

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In the wake of last week's Al-Shabaab massacre of nearly 150 Christians at a Kenyan university, President Barack Obama issued a statement in response to the attack that failed to identify the victims as Christians targeted for their faith and also failed to label the extremist group as having Islamic motivations. more...

7th April 2015 – FOX News


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FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross comments on the threats posed by Al-Shabaab and Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. more...

6th April 2015 – CTV

CTV News

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FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses Al-Shabaab and the Garissa attack more...

6th April 2015 – CNN

New Day

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FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses recent violence in Kenya waged by al Shabaab. more...

4th April 2015 – Mentioned by AU News

Islamic State hostage John Cantlie suggests truce in latest issue of Dabiq magazine

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Islamic State hostage John Cantlie has raised the idea of a “truce” between the terrorist group and other nations for the first time in the latest issue of Dabiq magazine. more...