Petrodollars, Salafism & Terrorism News

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.

Erdogan and His Islamist Leverage

CATF Reports Jul. 26, 2016, 9:17am

The tones and themes of the Islamist mob who responded to Turkish president Erdogan’s call to resist the attempted putsch on July 15 projects a fearsome scenario for Turkey, should Erdogan seek an Islamist counter-revolution after his crackdown on the military, judicial and education apparatus.

PA Continues Support for Prisoners and Terrorists with Donor Money

CATF Reports Jul. 6, 2016, 3:23pm

The PA has directed donor money towards supporting Palestinian prisoners, terrorists, and the families of “martyrs.” But how long will donors allow their funds to be used in this way?

Eid Charity’s Al Baraka Initiative: Admirable or Alarming?

CATF Reports Jul. 5, 2016, 2:46pm

In a new shift, Eid Charity will soon be receiving funds from Qatari businesses that will help expand the charity’s operations at home and overseas. But, where Eid Charity’s aid will be directed remains unclear.

Hamas’ Dwindling Funds Signal Organizational Crisis

CATF Reports Jul. 1, 2016, 9:55am

Hamas’ financial crisis and reported resignation of current leader, Khaled Meshal, indicate either change or demise is on the horizon for the organization.

Al-Nusra and its Gulf Financiers: The Political Cost of a Long-Running Alliance

CATF Reports Jun. 24, 2016, 7:23am

Kuwait and Qatar remain al-Nusra’s top financiers. Will their support influence al-Nusra to disavow al-Qaeda in the near future?

How Saudi Relief Helped the Balkans Turn into Breeding Ground for Terrorism

CATF Reports Jun. 20, 2016, 3:08pm

Saudi Arabia’s aid in the Yugoslav wars’ aftermath proved crucial to establishing a hotbed for extremism and terrorism in the Balkans.

Yemen’s Central Bank: Caught In The Crossfire

CATF Reports Jun. 16, 2016, 3:33pm

Asharq Al-Awsat reported today that the international community is inclined to cut funds to the supposedly Houthi-controlled Central Bank of Yemen, a claim in contrast with a recent Reuters report that detailed the Central Bank of Yemen’s efforts to stay neutral between government loyalists and Houthis.

Qatari Donors Are Buying a Say in Italy’s Islam

CATF Reports Jun. 9, 2016, 3:00pm

At the end of May, a Qatar Charity delegation traveled across the northwest of Italy to inaugurate several Islamic centers built or renovated thanks to the €25 million devolved to UCOII over the past three years, in line with the provision of Qatar Charity’s “Ghaith” initiative. This most recent investment, however, is only the tip of the iceberg.

Turkish Aid to Gaza: Altruism or Self-Serving?

CATF Reports Jun. 6, 2016, 3:31pm

Turkey’s generous aid to Gaza raises questions about the country’s motives.

Why Qatar Cultivates Sudan and Other International Outcasts

CATF Reports May 26, 2016, 10:26am

Qatar’s affinity for extremists frustrates U.S. allies until one parses the Gulf nation’s counter terrorism as well as its self-serving motivations.

Turkey’s Base in Qatar: After Davutoglu, Turkey Looks East

CATF Reports May 19, 2016, 1:46pm

As Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu’s forced departure signals, Turkey is transitioning towards a one-man-rule under the unchecked leadership of President Erdogan. Turkey’s military base in Qatar assumes an even stronger symbolic relevance now that Turkey is looking at its Arab neighbors – primarily Qatar – to reinforce its regional and international status.

IN THE NEWS: Senator Kirk: Make Qatar Comply or Cut Ties

CATF Reports May 10, 2016, 1:14pm

The chairman of the Senate Banking Subcommittee on National Security and International Trade and Finance Sen. Mark Kirk (R., Ill.) addressed growing concerns over the U.S. multifaceted partnership with Qatar, a state financier of terrorism, in a letter to the Secretary of the Treasury Jacob Lew.

IN THE NEWS: Hamas and Its Indefatigable Smuggling Attempts

CATF Reports May 5, 2016, 12:48pm

The Israeli Tax Authority in cooperation with the Israel Security Agency have foiled a new smuggling attempt of 4 tons of ammonium chloride disguised in a 40 ton shipment ordered by a Gaza resident with alleged ties to Hamas.

IN THE NEWS: Is Qatar's Money Behind Podemos?

CATF Reports May 4, 2016, 2:07pm

The Spanish newspaper La Razón reported that Qatar allegedly devolved €9.3 to the left-wing party Podemos through small deposits from several front businesses from 2012 to 2015.

Qatar: From Oxford Classrooms to Europe’s Hearts and Minds

CATF Reports Apr. 26, 2016, 8:33am

Tariq Ramadan, the grandson of the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood and well-known intellectual, is among the major beneficiaries of Qatar’s investments in Oxford University, worth several million dollars.