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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.

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.

Qatar Opens its Coffers in Search of Global Influence and Strong Military

CATF Reports Jan. 11, 2017, 2:54pm

Qatar has invested heavily in the U.S., Turkey, Russia and elsewhere in an effort to buy influence far from the battlefields of the Middle Eastern conflicts.

Reported Leaked German Intelligence Report Links Saudi, Qatar, and Kuwait to Spread of Extremist Groups in Germany

CATF Reports Dec. 29, 2016, 12:56pm

Reports have emerged over the leak of a brief prepared by Germany’s most powerful intelligence agencies on the spread of extremist groups and ideologies through Gulf-linked NGOs.

The Tale of a Cairo-Based Terrorist Cell, a Suicide Attack, and International Reverberations

CATF Reports Dec. 23, 2016, 9:33am

The recent suicide bomb in a Coptic Church in Cairo has led to accusations, rejections, and increased tensions between Cairo and Doha. This piece explores the attacker and his quiet Cairo-based terrorist cell.

Can Peace in Afghanistan Really Proceed From Doha?

CATF Reports Dec. 16, 2016, 11:08am

Qatar-based Taliban spokesman Sohail Shaheen listed three conditions towards the end of hostilities in Afghanistan, the first one being the official recognition of the Taliban political office in Doha.

Will the Muslim Brotherhood Inflame Egypt Again?

CATF Reports Dec. 2, 2016, 11:20am

Several sources have speculated that the Muslim Brotherhood was behind the Movement of the Poor, a mysterious movement that over the past few months has mobilized significant support for a new round of protests against Sisi’s regime.

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.

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?

Gaza Strip Gets New Leadership with Ties to Iran and Turkey

CATF Reports Nov. 16, 2016, 11:45am

Imad al Alami is set to replace current leader Ismail Haniyeh as political leader of Hamas in the Gaza Strip. As a founding member of the group, he has advanced Hamas’ agenda through the years by building longstanding relations with Iran, a major Hamas financier, and Turkey, a de facto Hamas headquarters.

Hamas and Fatah: Another Doomed Merger Attempt Facilitated by Qatar

CATF Reports Nov. 7, 2016, 3:24pm

From Qatar, its host and sponsor, the Hamas leadership has announced an impeding merger with the PLO which appears to be impracticable from its most basic premises and ultimately capable of endangering both parties in the long run.

Kuwait: Banks’ Compliance Efforts Insufficient to Choke Off Terror Financing

CATF Reports Nov. 2, 2016, 1:18pm

Kuwaiti banks are complying with domestic and international counterterrorism finance rules, but their efforts need to be supported and complemented with incisive political action.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Qatar Charity Faces New Controversies In Italy

CATF Reports Aug. 19, 2016, 11:12am

In Italy, Qatar Charity is getting negative press due to the high state of alert against growing terrorist threats and in light of debates on how to prevent further radicalization in the country.

Al-Nusra’s New Identity Presents Qatar With Unprecedented Opportunity

CATF Reports Aug. 3, 2016, 2:48pm

The al-Nusra Front’s rebranding operation announced on July 28, 2016 offers the group’s traditional financiers, especially Qatar, an unprecedented opportunity for more overt material and financial support.