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The Irony of the U.S. Treasury’s Appreciation for Qatar’s Efforts

CATF Reports Oct. 27, 2016, 4:03pm

After Clinton’s leaked emails acknowledged Qatar’s clandestine financial and logistical support to extremist and terrorist groups in the Middle East, the U.S. Treasury publicly praised Qatar’s initiatives to counter terror financing during a formal meeting in the Gulf emirate.

A New Espionage Law Polarizes the Bundestag

CATF Reports Oct. 26, 2016, 9:48am

Last Friday, October 21, the German parliament approved a much debated bill that broadens the powers of the Federal Intelligence Service while introducing long-awaited mechanisms that allow closer scrutiny.

Journalist’s Controversial Story Highlights Rifts over Pakistan’s Support for Terrorists

CATF Reports Oct. 25, 2016, 3:24pm

While his article led him to be temporarily banned from leaving Pakistan, Cyril Almeida advanced a crucial debate on a country caught between isolation and support for terrorism.

EU Leaders Push for Sanctions against Russia in Brussels

CATF Reports Oct. 21, 2016, 9:22am

Russia’s involvement in the Syrian war has dominated EU discussions in Brussels. Determined to curb Russia’s actions, EU leaders have turned to the threat of targeted sanctions.

WikiLeaks: Can the U.S. Really Manage Qatar and Saudi Arabia’s Double Game?

CATF Reports Oct. 20, 2016, 8:57am

Emails recently leaked by WikiLeaks suggest that U.S. authorities are fully aware of the extent of their long-standing Gulf partners’ double game – formally criminalizing terror financing while strategically sponsoring extremist and terrorist groups – and seem determined to deal with it primarily through soft power strategies.

House Committee Confirms Cash is King for ISIS

CATF Reports Oct. 17, 2016, 4:26pm

The House Homeland Security Committee releases a report outlining ways to take down ISIS by focusing on their finances, and makes note of their unique online fundraising tactics.

U.S. Targets Money-Laundering Family Business in Crackdown on Terrorist Finance, Transnational Crime

CATF Reports Oct. 14, 2016, 1:57pm

The Khanani MLO is an alarming case of a family-run money laundering organization in support of terrorists and drug traffickers. The U.S. must continue to work together with its allies and target a vital aspect of terrorist financing: money laundering.

Bank Sepah: A Most Farcical Deal with Iran

CATF Reports Oct. 14, 2016, 10:33am

Recent revelations by U.S. officials suggest that in January the U.S. had agreed on three concessions to Iran in return for the release of five American detainees that rendered the nuclear deal agreement unsubstantial.

More U.S. Weapons Soon to Flow to Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain: No Strings Attached for Terrorism Sponsors

CATF Reports Oct. 7, 2016, 11:18am

The White House has recently approved the long-delayed multi-billion dollar military sale to Qatar, Kuwait, and Bahrain - a move that comes with heavy political implications.

Drone Strike on Nusra Front Leader Highlights Missed Opportunities for Russia, U.S. in Syria

CATF Reports Oct. 6, 2016, 9:39am

Senior al-Qaeda and Nusra Front leader al-Masri is believed to have been killed by a U.S. drone. The U.S. and Russia will welcome the news, but renewed cooperation is a remote possibility.

U.S. Partially Lifted Sanctions on Sudan Amidst New Reports of Sudan’s Troops Unprecedented Abuses

CATF Reports Oct. 4, 2016, 10:44am

The U.S. Department of State lifted selected sanctions imposed on Sudan in 1997 after the state was designated a “sponsor of terrorism.” Surprisingly, the initiative comes after a new Amnesty International report that is currently sparking international debate documented the use of chemical weapons by Sudanese forces against Darfur populations.

AQIM in Libya: An Enduring, Latent Threat to the Sahel

CATF Reports Oct. 3, 2016, 10:51am

A recent congressional testimony refocused attention on the persistent - albeit recently silent - threat that AQIM poses to Libya and the Sahel from its Libyan strongholds.

9/11 Victim's Law: Saudi Arabia's Newly Found, Partial Accountability

CATF Reports Sep. 30, 2016, 1:12pm

With the unprecedented congressional override of Obama’s veto of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, the controversial bill will be signed into law, which begs the question of what the implications of the law will be. What does the law stipulate and what does it mean for the families of 9/11 victims and US-Saudi relations?

U.S. Designates Senior Hamas Member a ‘Global Terrorist’ in Restrained Approach to Countering Hamas

CATF Reports Sep. 29, 2016, 11:28am

The U.S. has designated former Hamas Interior Minister Fathi Hammad as a global terrorist, but a delicate regional environment has limited the U.S. and Israeli approach to degrading Hamas.

Are U.S. Authorities Downplaying the Orlando Shooter’s ISIS Link?

CATF Reports Sep. 27, 2016, 2:35pm

A more complete transcript of the Orlando shooter Omar Mateen’s 911 calls with the police released by U.S. authorities last Friday reveals the full extent of the shooter’s motives and raises doubts about the U.S.’s alleged efforts to manipulate ISIS links in public documents.

Combatting Terror Finance with Controls on British Financial Benefits

CATF Reports Sep. 26, 2016, 3:05pm

The UK Government is being urged to impose financial restrictions on terror suspects in order to prevent state funds from being used for terror financing.

Al Haramain Foundation: What’s Behind OFAC Sanctions? Politics.

CATF Reports Sep. 23, 2016, 11:12am

Last Friday the U.S. Treasury announced its decision to delist the Oregon-based branch of Al Haramain Foundation, designated as a terrorist entity for its strong links to al-Qaeda and the Saudi government. The move sparks doubts about the ultimate nature and value of the terrorist designation process in the U.S.

U.S. Sanctions ISIS Supporters in Turkey

CATF Reports Sep. 21, 2016, 11:43am

The U.S. has issued sanctions against two men based in Turkey with financial and strategic ties to ISIS amid an increasingly precarious yet important U.S.-Turkey relationship.

Congressional Hearing: Radicalization in the U.S. and the Rise of Terrorism

CATF Reports Sep. 19, 2016, 9:47am

The current and coming administrations should pay closer attention to experts’ unique and important views on the future of combating radicalization and terrorism in the U.S. and overseas.

Hamas and PA Seek Steady Relations with Qatar Despite Growing Clout in Territories

CATF Reports Sep. 15, 2016, 12:47pm

Qatar has showed signs of an eagerness to use its aid to gain increased leverage among the Palestinian Authority and Hamas during an era of strained Iran-Hamas ties. The international community must pay close attention.