Al-Qaeda Funding News

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Bin Laden’s Heir Blacklisted

CATF Reports Jan. 6, 2017, 3:22pm

Osama bin Laden’s son and possible al-Qaeda heir Hamza was blacklisted yesterday by the U.S. Department of State after threatening attacks on U.S. soil.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.