Petrodollars, Salafism & Terrorism News

Trump’s Principles Challenged over the Future of JASTA

CATF Reports Apr. 27, 2017, 1:19pm

The future of JASTA appears uncertain as President Trump will look to balance campaign promises with growing geopolitical concerns.

Qatar and Iran’s Struggling Swap Deal in Syria

CATF Reports Apr. 21, 2017, 12:08pm

The suicide attack that killed 126 evacuees outside Aleppo last weekend calls into question the effectiveness of the exchange deal brokered by Qatar and Iran.

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.

Time to Improve Lackluster U.S. Approach Towards Domestic Terror-Funding Charities

CATF Reports Mar. 28, 2017, 2:22pm

Former U.S. Treasury Department terrorism analyst urges Trump administration to revive initiatives to curb terrorist-funding charities operating on U.S. soil.

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.

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.

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.

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.