Terror Financiers News

The Return of the Taliban: Ghost Schools and Untraceable Funding

CATF Reports Feb. 4, 2016, 5:15pm

A recent report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) sparked a veritable media frenzy of concern because of the vast amount of U.S. dollars being funneled into an increasingly unstable Afghanistan.

Biting the Hand that Feeds You: Qatar’s Latest Ransom

CATF Reports Jan. 15, 2016, 1:48pm

Hezbollah linked group issues demands to free kidnapped Qatar citizens.

The Myth of Sisyphus: Kuwait’s Terror Finance Trials

CATF Reports Jan. 13, 2016, 2:09pm

The appearance of fighting terror finance is more beneficial to Kuwait than the reality of punishing their citizens could ever be.

Funding the Free Syria Army: A Militia by Any Other Name Would Smell Better

CATF Reports Dec. 21, 2015, 3:41pm

The name “Free Syrian Army” has become a portmanteau used by multiple groups in ways that often serve conflicting foreign political agendas. More accurate information and transparency is necessary to prevent unintentional terrorism financing in Syria.

Funding Al Nusra Through Ransom: Qatar and the Myth of “Humanitarian Principle”

CATF Reports Dec. 10, 2015, 4:46pm

Since at least 2013, Qatar has financed Jabhat al-Nusra by paying hundreds of million dollars in return for hostages.

Dangerous Intersection: Commodities Trade Meets Money Laundering 

CATF Reports Dec. 4, 2015, 2:04pm

Trade Based Money Laundering (TBML) constitutes an important channel of criminal activity and an increasingly important money laundering and terrorist financing vulnerability.

Bitcoins Used to Fund Terrorism

CATF Reports Sep. 14, 2015, 3:16pm

Jihadist advocates seeking recruits are discussing the potential of Bitcoin as an ideal funding mechanism.

In Syria, Are the Enemies of America’s Enemies Becoming Its Friends?

CATF Reports Sep. 1, 2015, 9:44am

If the “Daesh effect” comes to fruition, extremist groups could benefit from new alliances and loosened restrictions on financing. But for now, the U.S. hasn’t changed its threat assessment in Syria.

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and its Wide Net for Fundraising

CATF Reports Aug. 21, 2015, 10:03am

Al Qaeda’s Yemen-based franchise has prominent financial support from Saudi Arabia and Qatar and its key fundraiser is a representative of the U.S. backed Government in Exile.

Yemen's Houthis: Terror Finance Innovators?

CATF Reports Aug. 7, 2015, 10:33am

The Iranian-backed, Shi’ite insurgency that has set itself up as the defacto government in Yemen has found new methods to finance its violent campaign, borrowing tactics that are helping to revolutionize philanthropy and charitable giving in the West.

Qatar, Money Laundering and Corruption

CATF Reports Jul. 30, 2015, 9:54am

While Qatar has enacted anti-money laundering laws in line with other member nations of the world financial community, their lack of action to enforce them has cast doubt on their dedication to combating illicit financial activity.