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22nd May 2015 - Quoted by Oren Dorell - USA Today

Libyan Diplomat: Violence Likely If Peace Talks Fail

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Libya faces renewed violence if a June 17 deadline for the conclusion of peace talks next month doesn't unify the country, a move that's needed to help resolve the Mediterranean migrant crisis and the Islamic State threat to Europe, Libya's top diplomat in Washington said.

14th May 2015 - Quoted by Pinar Tremblay - Al Monitor

No Questions Asked for Turkey’s Suitcases Full of Cash

Jonathan Schanzer

The Turkish Ministry of Customs and Trade issued new regulations April 15 for entering and leaving Turkey with any amount of cash. The new Customs Code had passed without much public attention until early May, when the news broke with the headlines “Hot money days are over, now starts the...

7th May 2015 - Quoted by James Warren - Poynter

Without Fact Checking, ISIS’ Messages Go Unchallenged

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Media worldwide have at times exaggerated the strength of ISIS terrorists due to a combination of their use of social media and an inability of the press to do effective warzone fact checking, a U.S. Senate panel was told Thursday.

29th April 2015 - Quoted by Shane Harris - The Daily Beast

Dead Broke Libya Hires Million-Dollar American Lobbyist

Jonathan Schanzer

The fledgling government of Libya has hired a top-flight Washington PR firm to represent its interests in D.C., even though by all accounts Libya is a failed state with no real functioning government.

9th April 2015 - The Long War Journal

Ansar al Sharia Libya Relaunches Social Media Sites

Thomas Joscelyn

Ansar al Sharia Libya, the al Qaeda-linked jihadist group notorious for its role in the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, relaunched its social media presence in late March. The group set up several official Twitter feeds to promote its propaganda, including messages from its new...

8th March 2015 - Syndicated

The Mimi Geerges Show

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses the Islamic State's international expansion.

3rd March 2015 - The Long War Journal

Osama Bin Laden’s Files: The Arab Revolutions

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda's general manager, Atiyah Abd al Rahman, believed there was "good" in the 2011 Arab uprisings. And he discussed with Osama bin Laden how to send al Qaeda operatives around the globe to take advantage of the situation. The Libyan "brothers" were especially anxious to wage jihad in...

2nd March 2015 - Foreign Policy

Is Libya the Next Stronghold of the Islamic State?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The chaotic civil war is giving the caliphate a foothold in North Africa, and its enemies can’t figure out whether to kill the jihadists or use them for their own purposes.

26th February 2015 - Cited by Doug Bandow - Forbes

Libya: Hold Policymakers Accountable For Another Washington War Gone Bad

Thomas Joscelyn

Will America ever again be at peace? A new war always seems to start before the last one ends. The U.S. is bombing targets in Syria and sending troops back into Iraq.

26th February 2015 - FDD Press Release

New Report by FDD Scholar Outlines Civil War in Libya

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

A new report authored by Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, outlines how Libya’s civil war between the Dignity and Dawn campaigns empowers jihadist groups like the Islamic State and threatens the safety of Europe.

24th February 2015 - Quoted by Jeff Seldin - Voice of America

Islamic State Having Significant but Limited Impact in Libya

Thomas Joscelyn

Despite Islamic State grabbing headlines over the past week with executions, bombings and even an attack on the residence of the Iranian ambassador, U.S. officials caution the group's foothold in Libya remains tenuous.

21st February 2015 - Quoted by Ricki Gurwitz - CTV News

Al Qaeda vs. ISIS: A Battle for Jihadist Supremacy in Libya

Thomas Joscelyn

News that ISIS is forming bases in Libya has Western countries on edge, but it's also not welcome news to another group that operates in that country: al Qaeda.

21st February 2015 - Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon - The Jerusalem Post

Could ISIS’ Foray into North Africa Draw Another Western Intervention in Libya?

Jonathan Schanzer

The expansion of the Libyan conflict from an intra-state conflict to one involving other states has increasingly gathered momentum since late 2014, Prof. Yehudit Ronen of the political science department at Bar-Ilan University told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday.

20th February 2015 - CTV

CTV News

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellow Thomas Joscelyn on the battle between the Islamic State and Al Qaeda in Libya.

20th February 2015 - The Long War Journal

Suicide Bombings by Islamic State’s ‘Province’ Rock Libyan Town

Thomas Joscelyn

One of the Islamic State's so-called "provinces" in Libya has claimed responsibility for two suicide attacks in the Libyan town of Qubba earlier today. The group says the attacks were retaliation for the airstrikes carried out in nearby Derna.

18th February 2015 - Quoted by Patrick Markey, Michael Georgy - Reuters

Islamic State Lays Claim to North African Outpost

Thomas Joscelyn

The images match the worst of Islamic State's atrocities: black-clad fighters and an English-speaking jihadist taunt the West before slaughtering their victims in orange jumpsuits on a Libyan beach.

18th February 2015 - Quoted by Farouk Chothia - BBC News

Islamic State Gains Libya Foothold

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State (IS) has wreaked havoc in the Middle East, seizing vast areas of Iraq and Syria and now it is taking advantage of Libya's collapse into anarchy.

17th February 2015 - Quoted by Kate Brannen, Keith Johnson - Foreign Policy

The Islamic State of Libya Isn’t Much of a State

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State’s videotaped beheadings of 21 Egyptian Christians on a Libyan beach — and the airstrikes Cairo launched in response — have sparked fears that the terrorist group is trying to expand its self-proclaimed caliphate into a third country.

17th February 2015 - Fox News

Shepard Smith Reporting

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellow Thomas Joscelyn on what the latest Islamic State video tells us about the group.

17th February 2015 - 770 WABC-AM - New York, New York

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn discuss their latest articles for the Long War Journal.

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