Terror Financiers News

Humanitarian Aid Comes With Strings Attached in Gaza

CATF Reports Mar. 24, 2017, 1:13pm

This week Muhammad Murtaja, the director of the Gaza branch of a major Turkish charity, was put on trial by Israeli authorities on charges of misappropriation of humanitarian aid for terror financing purposes.

Qatar Invests Heavily in Russia in Hopes of Burying Tensions over Terror-Financing

CATF Reports Mar. 17, 2017, 12:34pm

Recently, Qatar has invested billions of dollars in Russia in an effort to strike a delicate balance in its foreign policy, buy leverage with an increasingly important power in the region, and cover up tensions between the two countries over Doha’s history of funding terrorists.

Online Shopping for Crime Services? EU Highlights Expanding Market through Darknet

CATF Reports Mar. 17, 2017, 10:05am

The EU’s 2017 Serious and Organised Crime Threat Assessement report underscores the evolving crime-as-a-service market through the Darknet, an anonymous platform within the deep web.

Qatar and Turkey Seek New, Nonmilitary Paths for Influence in Syria

CATF Reports Mar. 9, 2017, 12:44pm

As the Assad regime consolidates its power in Syria with the help of its foreign backers, Turkey and Qatar seek new methods of gaining influence in the country.

Hamas Appointment of Hardliner Leader in Gaza Could Alter Regional Balance

CATF Reports Mar. 2, 2017, 11:50am

The appointment of militant hardliner Yahya Sinwar as Hamas leader of Gaza and the group’s coordination with ISIS could disrupt the delicate balance of Hamas’ regional supporters.

Drone Strike Kills al-Qaeda’s Number Two in Syria

CATF Reports Feb. 27, 2017, 3:17pm

In an important step in the fight against terrorism, a U.S. drone strike took out Abu al-Khayr al-Masri, al-Qaeda’s deputy leader and a longtime associate of Ayman al-Zawahiri and Osama bin Laden.

The Middle East and Asia: Literally Up in Arms

CATF Reports Feb. 23, 2017, 4:17pm

Report shows a peak volume in the global weapons trade, with the Middle East and Asia as the top markets for arms imports.

The Debate Continues: The Best Counterterrorism Approach in Syria Moving Forward

CATF Reports Feb. 21, 2017, 11:55am

In last week’s U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs hearing about U.S. counterterrorism strategies in Syria, experts weighed in on several approaches to counterterrorism in war-torn Syria.

A Reinvigorated Al-Shabaab Rears its Head

CATF Reports Feb. 16, 2017, 9:14am

Somali terrorist group Al-Shabaab gains momentum through various military and political factors, despite hopes for unity under a new President.

Al-Qaeda’s Grand Plan for Syria Passes Through Hayat Tahrir al-Sham

CATF Reports Feb. 14, 2017, 3:28pm

The new joint venture between Jabhat Fatah al-Sham and other Syrian rebel groups inherited the Qaedist strategies and resources.

How ‘Lone’ Are Lone Wolves?

CATF Reports Feb. 9, 2017, 4:10pm

Hindsight examination of lone wolf attacks exposes a greater level of Islamic State orchestration than was originally grasped.

U.S. Said to be Considering Terror Label for IRGC

CATF Reports Feb. 9, 2017, 9:59am

U.S. officials claim that a terrorist designation for Iran’s powerful IRGC is under consideration at the White House.

Driven by Peace or Politics? U.N. Delists Gulbuddin Hekmatyar

CATF Reports Feb. 8, 2017, 9:52am

The U.N. just removed infamous Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar from sanctions, triggering mixed reactions about the political underpinnings.

German Footballer Fired Over Links to Radical Islamists

CATF Reports Feb. 2, 2017, 11:18am

German Bundesliga football club just canned its midfielder over links to radical Islamic Salafist factions throughout Germany.

Qatar’s Darfur Initiative Expands Doha’s Strategy but Fails on Peace

CATF Reports Feb. 1, 2017, 2:20pm

Qatar has attempted to act as the primary mediator in negotiations over the future of Darfur, but previous cases point to a country with intentions of playing a role far larger than regional peacemaking.

The Terrorist Designation of the Muslim Brotherhood Cannot Be Dismissed on Ideological Grounds

CATF Reports Jan. 31, 2017, 10:15am

Designating the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization appears to be on the agenda for the Trump administration’s first weeks in office. A preliminary investigation by the U.S. State Department could offer a valuable opportunity for a thorough and fresh look into the Muslim Brotherhood’s network and illicit activities in the U.S.

Infighting Erupts Between Turkey and Qatar Sponsored Groups in Syria: Will JFS Take Over?

CATF Reports Jan. 25, 2017, 4:47pm

Jabhat Fatah al-Sham launched an unprecedented attack against some rebel groups in north-west Syria, allegedly in efforts to further fracture opposition forces involved in the Astana talks.

Closing the Book on the Bin Laden Files: A Strategic Mistake

CATF Reports Jan. 24, 2017, 2:58pm

ODNI released 98 documents in the final cache of files from bin Laden’s compound to be publically released. The public should push to see additional documents to grasp important details on al-Qaeda and the U.S. war on terror.

No Pardon for U.S.-Based Hamas Financiers

CATF Reports Jan. 19, 2017, 2:06pm

Internet campaign petitioners have urged President Obama to pardon five convicted leaders of terrorist financier and now-defunct Holy Land Foundation.

Amid Mounting Pressure, Qatar and Turkey Keep the Lights on for Hamas

CATF Reports Jan. 19, 2017, 12:16pm

While Iran has provided overt military support to Hamas, Qatar, and to a lesser extent Turkey, have quietly shielded the group from some of its most pressing challenges.