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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.

Obama Leads Trump Transition Domestically and in Syrian Policy

CATF Reports Nov. 17, 2016, 8:47am

Soon Trump may accelerate Obama’s recent moves in Syria to attack rebels and implement sanctions while introducing his own policy objectives. But what impact will this have?

Gaza Strip Gets New Leadership with Ties to Iran and Turkey

CATF Reports Nov. 16, 2016, 11:45am

Imad al Alami is set to replace current leader Ismail Haniyeh as political leader of Hamas in the Gaza Strip. As a founding member of the group, he has advanced Hamas’ agenda through the years by building longstanding relations with Iran, a major Hamas financier, and Turkey, a de facto Hamas headquarters.

A Toss Up: Who’s Behind the October Quetta Attacks?

CATF Reports Nov. 14, 2016, 1:08pm

Questions remain about the true actor behind the October 24th terrorist attacks in Quetta, Pakistan, as three separate groups have been implicated. Whoever is responsible had adequate resources and training to successfully execute an attack on over 700 police trainees.

The Details of U.S. Terrorist Screening in the Post 9/11 Era

CATF Reports Nov. 10, 2016, 3:11pm

The U.S. has made significant progress in the nomination, verification and screening of terrorist suspects since the 9/11 attacks.

What Does a Trump Presidency Mean for Legendary Russian Arms Trafficker Viktor Bout?

CATF Reports Nov. 9, 2016, 1:10pm

Russian convicted arms dealer Viktor Bout has filed a motion for a new trial to the U.S. Federal Appeals Court based on supposed new evidence emerged on one of the accused co-conspirators of his case. Recent developments may offer reasons for optimism for Bout.

What We Know About Trump and Clinton’s Counter-Terrorism Financing Strategies So Far

CATF Reports Nov. 8, 2016, 1:55pm

With the U.S. Presidential Election results only hours away, it is an ideal time to review the candidates’ records on countering terrorism finance.

Hamas and Fatah: Another Doomed Merger Attempt Facilitated by Qatar

CATF Reports Nov. 7, 2016, 3:24pm

From Qatar, its host and sponsor, the Hamas leadership has announced an impeding merger with the PLO which appears to be impracticable from its most basic premises and ultimately capable of endangering both parties in the long run.

Kuwait: Banks’ Compliance Efforts Insufficient to Choke Off Terror Financing

CATF Reports Nov. 2, 2016, 1:18pm

Kuwaiti banks are complying with domestic and international counterterrorism finance rules, but their efforts need to be supported and complemented with incisive political action.

Acting Under Secretary Adam Szubin on Treasury Mission to Counter Terrorism Financing

CATF Reports Oct. 31, 2016, 10:38am

Last week, Adam Szubin spoke at SAIS on the status of Treasury’s fight against terrorism finance and the challenges that remain.