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2nd July 2017 - Quoted by Candida Moss - The Daily Beast

Why Do Women Become Terrorists?

Of the many things that horrify and appall us about terrorism and ISIS in particular, the involvement of women in the carnage is one of the most evocative. When women are found to be complicit in acts of terror, torture, and even rape, society asks, “how could this happen? How could women...

9th September 2016 - The Canadian Jewish News

No Panacea for Radicalization

Sheryl Saperia

The case of Aaron Driver, the 24-year-old Muslim convert killed by police before he could carry out a terrorist attack against a major urban centre, has again focused public attention on Canada’s capacities to combat radicalization.

20th July 2016 - Fox News

Happening Now

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD VP for Research Jonathan Schanzer discusses the ISIS train attack in Germany.

20th July 2016 - Quoted by Stephen Kalin, Phil Stewart - Reuters

Mosul assault in focus two years after Islamic State takeover

Bill Roggio

When Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi pledged in December that Iraq would retake Islamic State's de facto capital Mosul by the end of 2016, the target was greeted with scepticism by Western allies and officials within his own government.

20th July 2016 - War on the Rocks - Co-written by Nathaniel Barr

Bloody Ramadan: How The Islamic State Coordinated A Global Terrorist Campaign

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

In late May 2016, the Islamic State (ISIL) released an audio statement featuring Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, the group’s chief spokesman, celebrating the upcoming lunar month of Ramadan. Adnani exhorted ISIL’s supporters to make Ramadan “a month of calamity everywhere for the...

19th July 2016 - Quoted by Mark Hay - VICE News

Why Terrorists Keep Attacking France

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The truck attack that killed at least 84 people and injured hundreds more in Nice last week was a particularly brutal tragedy, but it was just the latest in a long and incredibly dense chain of terrorist acts to plague modern France. The 1980s and 1990s each saw deadly waves of jihadi...

15th July 2016 - Quoted by Rukmini Callimachi - The New York Times

In Truck Attack in Nice, Mainstay of Commerce Reinvented as Tool of Death

Thomas Joscelyn

More than five years ago, Al Qaeda called on its followers to use cars as tools of terror. Soon after, the terrorist group that had brought down the twin towers scrapped the idea, feeling that the tactic was too indiscriminate, too likely to kill Muslims.

5th July 2016 - USA Today

Analysis: Attacks show radicals retain foothold in Saudi Arabia

David Andrew Weinberg

A wave of suicide attacks Monday in Saudi Arabia, especially one near the burial site of the prophet Mohammed, shows that radicals are increasingly challenging the Al Saud royal family and its role as official protector of Islam's holiest sites.

5th July 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

Attacks Highlight Terrorists’ Goals in Saudi Arabia, but Also Limits

David Andrew Weinberg

Suicide bombers struck three Saudi cities on Monday, detonating themselves near the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina, a U.S. diplomatic facility in Jeddah, and a Shiite mosque in the eastern city of Qatif.

5th July 2016 - The Washington Times

The Battle of Bangladesh

Clifford D. May

Over the past ten months, there have been more than 30 terrorist attacks in Bangladesh. In recent days, an Italian aid worker was gunned down as he went for a jog. Also shot to death was a Catholic priest.

4th July 2016 - Fox News

Happening Now

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD senior fellow Thomas Joscelyn discusses the terror attacks in Iraq and Bangladesh.

4th July 2016 - MSNBC

MSNBC Live

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD senior fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses the Dhaka terror attack.

2nd July 2016 - CNN

CNN International

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD senior fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses the recent string of terror attacks.

2nd July 2016 - Quoted by Rukmini Callimachi - The New York Times

ISIS Seems to Tailor Attacks for Different Audiences

Thomas Joscelyn

The first to be killed was a jogger, gunned down last September during his daily run in the leafy diplomatic quarter of Bangladesh’s capital, Dhaka.

23rd June 2016 - Quoted by Allison Graves - Politifact

Websites say Hillary Clinton’s State Department blocked investigation into Orlando shooter’s mosque

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The deadly nightclub attack in Orlando, Fla., has given rise to dozens of theories and explanations as to what happened and how it could have been stopped.

23rd June 2016 - The Wall Street Journal - Co-written by Chip Register

Defeating ISIS on the Digital Battlefield

Clearly, the U.S. and its allies can and should meet Islamic State on the battlefield, whether in Syria or Iraq. But the war with the ISIS “virtual state”—those the terrorist organization inspires over the internet, like Omar Mateen in Orlando—will be much harder to fight and will go...

22nd June 2016 - Quoted by Jeff Seldin - Voice of America

End of Islamic State Could Be Start of Larger Anti-Terror Fight

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Slow, steady progress by U.S. and coalition backed forces against the Islamic State terror group in Iraq and Syria could mean little in the wider war against jihadist organizations bent on striking at the West.

21st June 2016 - WMAL

Washington’s Drive at 5

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD senior fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross comments on Omar Mateen, FBI reports from 2014, and radicalization.

20th June 2016 - Foreign Policy - Co-written by Jacob Zenn

Boko Haram’s Buyer’s Remorse

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

When Boko Haram pledged loyalty to the Islamic State in March 2015, it seemed to signal that the jihadi world was bending in the direction of the self-proclaimed caliphate.

20th June 2016 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD senior fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn discuss the Orlando attack and the latest from The Long War Journal.

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