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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.

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.