ISIS Funding News

Former Aljazeera Journalist Jailed in Egypt Takes on Qatari Terror Financing

CATF Reports Apr. 17, 2017, 11:15am

After being jailed in Egypt for his work for Aljazeera, Mohamed Fahmy expressed his frustration with Qatar using the media channel as a foreign policy tool. Now he has directed his anger towards the country’s protection of terrorism financiers.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Belgian Police Must Start to Assemble the Puzzle Pieces

CATF Reports Jan. 17, 2017, 9:26am

A confidential report prepared by watchdog agency Comité P reveals the failures of Belgium’s security apparatus in identifying terrorist actors.

Reports of Intelligence Leaks Claim Albanian ISIS Leader and 400 Soldiers Return to Europe

CATF Reports Jan. 4, 2017, 10:48am

Reports have emerged that ISIS leader Lavdrim Muhaxheri and up to 400 ISIS soldiers have made their way to Europe from Syria, but the Kosovo police have rejected these claims.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.