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Reported Leaked German Intelligence Report Links Saudi, Qatar, and Kuwait to Spread of Extremist Groups in Germany

CATF Reports Dec. 29, 2016, 12:56pm

Reports have emerged over the leak of a brief prepared by Germany’s most powerful intelligence agencies on the spread of extremist groups and ideologies through Gulf-linked NGOs.

Lim Yong Nam Guilty as Charged for Exporting Bomb Parts found in Iraq

CATF Reports Dec. 29, 2016, 9:57am

Lim Yong Nam pleads guilty and awaits sentencing following indictment for illegally exporting U.S.-made parts found in roadside bombs in Iraq.

FSB Making Efforts to Revitalize Correspondent Banking, Maintain Strict Checks on Terrorism Financing

CATF Reports Dec. 28, 2016, 9:47am

Burdensome and strict checks on correspondent banking relationships have led to their decline, but the FSB is making a balanced response to revitalize this important sector.

Could a Database Help Connect the Dots of ISIS’ Illicit Oil Trade?

CATF Reports Dec. 27, 2016, 10:00am

The creation of a database with oil samples indicative of specific minefields could help further loosen ISIS’ lingering grip on its illicit trafficking enterprise.

The Tale of a Cairo-Based Terrorist Cell, a Suicide Attack, and International Reverberations

CATF Reports Dec. 23, 2016, 9:33am

The recent suicide bomb in a Coptic Church in Cairo has led to accusations, rejections, and increased tensions between Cairo and Doha. This piece explores the attacker and his quiet Cairo-based terrorist cell.

European Law Enforcement Agencies Scramble After Most Wanted Man

CATF Reports Dec. 22, 2016, 1:00pm

German and European security and intelligence agencies remain on high alert as the perpetrator of Berlin’s carnage, a Tunisian national flagged as a security threat and placed under surveillance for months, is still at large.

Syria’s Spillover: Russian Ambassador to Ankara Assassinated by Gunman

CATF Reports Dec. 19, 2016, 2:52pm

Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov was shot dead by a police officer allegedly protesting Turkish-Russian cooperation in Aleppo, Syria.

Can Peace in Afghanistan Really Proceed From Doha?

CATF Reports Dec. 16, 2016, 11:08am

Qatar-based Taliban spokesman Sohail Shaheen listed three conditions towards the end of hostilities in Afghanistan, the first one being the official recognition of the Taliban political office in Doha.

Hamas Representative Stresses Partnership with Iran in Student News Interview

CATF Reports Dec. 16, 2016, 11:08am

Hamas representative in Iran Khaled al-Qaddumi emphasized the warm relations between Hamas and Tehran in an interview with the Iranian Students’ News Agency earlier this week.

As Afghan Opium Production Surges, Questions Over Where the Drugs and Money Will Go

CATF Reports Dec. 13, 2016, 1:39pm

Opium production in Afghanistan surged in 2016. Higher levels of production and uncertain political conditions along the traditional trafficking routes will have major effects on the trail of drugs and money of Afghan heroin.

Room for Improvement: U.S. Real Estate Money Laundering

CATF Reports Dec. 12, 2016, 3:40pm

The Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) most recent report highlighted the U.S.’s inability to safeguard against money laundering in high-end real estate, among multiple other sectors.

Tracking Stolen Ancient Relics from Palmyra, to Qatar, and Switzerland

CATF Reports Dec. 8, 2016, 9:27am

Looted relics from Palmyra, Yemen and Libya traveled from their countries of origin through Qatar before being seized by Swiss authorities.

Inconsistencies in Administration’s Counterterrorism Policy Clear in Somalia

CATF Reports Dec. 6, 2016, 8:59am

In uncertain times, the Obama administration has acted singularly to support U.S. allies and degrade terrorists in Somalia, all while advocating for restrictions on its airpower.

Europe’s Ever Growing ISIS Threat

CATF Reports Dec. 5, 2016, 2:41pm

A new report released by Europol last Friday describes the evolving nature of the ISIS threat on European soil, expected to be turning to soft targets and refugees.

Will the Muslim Brotherhood Inflame Egypt Again?

CATF Reports Dec. 2, 2016, 11:20am

Several sources have speculated that the Muslim Brotherhood was behind the Movement of the Poor, a mysterious movement that over the past few months has mobilized significant support for a new round of protests against Sisi’s regime.

Has the “Uncatchable” Terrorist Financier Finally Been Caught?

CATF Reports Nov. 30, 2016, 9:53am

Mokhtar Belmokhtar, terrorist financier and one of the world’s most wanted, yet “uncatchable” jihadists, is believed to have finally been killed by a French air strike in Libya.

Qatari Foreign Minister Promises Ongoing Support to Struggling Syrian Rebels

CATF Reports Nov. 28, 2016, 3:48pm

Doha has supported Syria’s rebels since the start of the war in Syria. With tides turning against the rebels, Qatar has promised ongoing support in an effort to reenergize the rebel forces.

Jihadist Groups Suspected of Qatar Ties Jund al-Aqsa and JFS Merge in Syria

CATF Reports Nov. 22, 2016, 3:48pm

Jund al-Aqsa’s battlefield merger with al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (al Nusra Front) represents Qatar’s refortified effort to support jihadist groups.

A Darker, More Polarized France Takes Stocks After One Year Under State of Emergency

CATF Reports Nov. 18, 2016, 3:34pm

A year under state of emergency in France produced important results for law enforcement agencies but also dramatic consequences for the increasingly polarized French society, and especially for the Muslim population, the unrivaled target for warrantless searches and arrests.

Talks Underway for $10 Billion Arms Deal between Russia and Iran

CATF Reports Nov. 17, 2016, 2:23pm

Reports of talks between Russia and Iran over a $10 billion arms deal were met with concern in Washington and Tel Aviv.