Petrodollars, Salafism & Terrorism News

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.

IN THE NEWS: On Petrodollars & Panama Papers

CATF Reports Apr. 14, 2016, 1:42pm

Panama Papers data leak revealed that petro-states tend to heavily rely on secretive offshore accounts to evade scrutiny and to protect their positions of power.

Qatar: Testing the Boundaries as a U.S. Ally

CATF Reports Apr. 4, 2016, 7:06am

With Middle East security as a constantly evolving dynamic, manifestations of policy discord between the U.S. and Qatar have begun to take on palpable defense implications.

How Belgium’s Wahhabi Patrons Are Taking Europe Hostage

CATF Reports Mar. 25, 2016, 8:26am

Molenbeek has become a new European symbol of Muslim discrimination and radicalization. By funding mosques and schools from which Salafi teachings were spread in Belgium, Saudi Arabia has fostered extremism in the country.

Qatar’s Support of Libyan Rebels Further Unbalances a Teetering Region

CATF Reports Feb. 29, 2016, 5:01pm

Qatar’s support of Libya Independent Fighters Group (LIFG) should be seen as a dangerous force destabilizing post-Qaddafi efforts at nation building.

No Petrodollar Land Grabbing for Qatar in Brussels

CATF Reports Feb. 4, 2016, 4:04pm

An online petition to stop the construction of a mosque with 600-people capacity attached to the Qatari embassy voices concerns about Qatar’s efforts at land grabbing in the European capital.

Biting the Hand that Feeds You: Qatar’s Latest Ransom

CATF Reports Jan. 15, 2016, 1:48pm

Hezbollah linked group issues demands to free kidnapped Qatar citizens.

Funding Al Nusra Through Ransom: Qatar and the Myth of “Humanitarian Principle”

CATF Reports Dec. 10, 2015, 4:46pm

Since at least 2013, Qatar has financed Jabhat al-Nusra by paying hundreds of million dollars in return for hostages.

Qatar&Barclays' Big Game Hunting Leads to FCA Penalties

CATF Reports Dec. 2, 2015, 10:00am

On November 26, 2015 the FCA fined Barclays £72m for failure to oversee Barclays’ handling of the financial crime risks related to suspicious business dealings with Qatar.

Getting By With A Little Help From Our Friends

CATF Reports Nov. 23, 2015, 4:06pm

Qatar is the only country in the GCC that has failed to hold trials against any of their local nationals currently under U.S. and U.N. sanctions for financing terrorism. Yet, when questioned about their complicity in financing terror, Qatar claims that they’ve been helping.

Is Gaza Reconstruction Aid Rearming Hamas?

CATF Reports Oct. 6, 2015, 4:07pm

Late last month Israeli officials intercepted enough sulfuric acid to build three tons of explosives being smuggled into the Gaza strip labeled as paint thinner in a shipment of construction materials.

The State of Rampant Corruption and its Banks

CATF Reports Sep. 25, 2015, 4:44pm

Do Qatari banks uphold international anti-corruption standards?

Should QIB be judged by the company it keeps?

CATF Reports Sep. 10, 2015, 4:44pm

Qatar Islamic Bank’s financial performance has been strong over the last two years. Yet the bank has extensive track record of questionable connections and activities.

Terrorist Finance and Qatar: two more Terrorists added to the U.S. Sanction List

CATF Reports Aug. 24, 2015, 7:55pm

The US Treasury recently added two Qatari nationals to its list of terror financiers and called attention to lax attitude of the Qatari authorities toward such fundraising groups operating in the Gulf State.

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and its Wide Net for Fundraising

CATF Reports Aug. 21, 2015, 10:03am

Al Qaeda’s Yemen-based franchise has prominent financial support from Saudi Arabia and Qatar and its key fundraiser is a representative of the U.S. backed Government in Exile.