International Counterterrorism Mechanisms News

Online Shopping for Crime Services? EU Highlights Expanding Market through Darknet

CATF Reports Mar. 17, 2017, 10:05am

The EU’s 2017 Serious and Organised Crime Threat Assessement report underscores the evolving crime-as-a-service market through the Darknet, an anonymous platform within the deep web.

The Debate Continues: The Best Counterterrorism Approach in Syria Moving Forward

CATF Reports Feb. 21, 2017, 11:55am

In last week’s U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs hearing about U.S. counterterrorism strategies in Syria, experts weighed in on several approaches to counterterrorism in war-torn Syria.

How ‘Lone’ Are Lone Wolves?

CATF Reports Feb. 9, 2017, 4:10pm

Hindsight examination of lone wolf attacks exposes a greater level of Islamic State orchestration than was originally grasped.

U.S. Said to be Considering Terror Label for IRGC

CATF Reports Feb. 9, 2017, 9:59am

U.S. officials claim that a terrorist designation for Iran’s powerful IRGC is under consideration at the White House.

The Terrorist Designation of the Muslim Brotherhood Cannot Be Dismissed on Ideological Grounds

CATF Reports Jan. 31, 2017, 10:15am

Designating the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization appears to be on the agenda for the Trump administration’s first weeks in office. A preliminary investigation by the U.S. State Department could offer a valuable opportunity for a thorough and fresh look into the Muslim Brotherhood’s network and illicit activities in the U.S.

Infighting Erupts Between Turkey and Qatar Sponsored Groups in Syria: Will JFS Take Over?

CATF Reports Jan. 25, 2017, 4:47pm

Jabhat Fatah al-Sham launched an unprecedented attack against some rebel groups in north-west Syria, allegedly in efforts to further fracture opposition forces involved in the Astana talks.

Major Investigation Launched Against Alleged Edinburgh-Based PKK Financiers

CATF Reports Jan. 10, 2017, 1:40pm

UK counterterrorism police launched a major investigation with partner agencies into claims that UK-terrorist designated PKK is receiving financial support from Scotland-based donors.

The European Parliament and Council’s New Year’s Resolution to Foil Illicit Bitcoin Use

CATF Reports Jan. 9, 2017, 2:46pm

The European Parliament and Council just proposed enhanced Bitcoin regulation to hamstring terrorist group’s use of the virtual currency.

Bin Laden’s Heir Blacklisted

CATF Reports Jan. 6, 2017, 3:22pm

Osama bin Laden’s son and possible al-Qaeda heir Hamza was blacklisted yesterday by the U.S. Department of State after threatening attacks on U.S. soil.

Reports of Intelligence Leaks Claim Albanian ISIS Leader and 400 Soldiers Return to Europe

CATF Reports Jan. 4, 2017, 10:48am

Reports have emerged that ISIS leader Lavdrim Muhaxheri and up to 400 ISIS soldiers have made their way to Europe from Syria, but the Kosovo police have rejected these claims.

Clipping Cham’s Wings: U.S. Applies Sanctions to Assad’s Airliner

CATF Reports Jan. 3, 2017, 11:12am

The U.S. Department of Treasury recently applied sanctions to Syrian airliner Cham Wings for propping up Bashar al-Assad’s corrupt war efforts.

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.

Lim Yong Nam Guilty as Charged for Exporting Bomb Parts found in Iraq

CATF Reports Dec. 29, 2016, 9:57am

Lim Yong Nam pleads guilty and awaits sentencing following indictment for illegally exporting U.S.-made parts found in roadside bombs in Iraq.

FSB Making Efforts to Revitalize Correspondent Banking, Maintain Strict Checks on Terrorism Financing

CATF Reports Dec. 28, 2016, 9:47am

Burdensome and strict checks on correspondent banking relationships have led to their decline, but the FSB is making a balanced response to revitalize this important sector.

Could a Database Help Connect the Dots of ISIS’ Illicit Oil Trade?

CATF Reports Dec. 27, 2016, 10:00am

The creation of a database with oil samples indicative of specific minefields could help further loosen ISIS’ lingering grip on its illicit trafficking enterprise.

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.

Room for Improvement: U.S. Real Estate Money Laundering

CATF Reports Dec. 12, 2016, 3:40pm

The Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) most recent report highlighted the U.S.’s inability to safeguard against money laundering in high-end real estate, among multiple other sectors.

Inconsistencies in Administration’s Counterterrorism Policy Clear in Somalia

CATF Reports Dec. 6, 2016, 8:59am

In uncertain times, the Obama administration has acted singularly to support U.S. allies and degrade terrorists in Somalia, all while advocating for restrictions on its airpower.

Europe’s Ever Growing ISIS Threat

CATF Reports Dec. 5, 2016, 2:41pm

A new report released by Europol last Friday describes the evolving nature of the ISIS threat on European soil, expected to be turning to soft targets and refugees.

A Darker, More Polarized France Takes Stocks After One Year Under State of Emergency

CATF Reports Nov. 18, 2016, 3:34pm

A year under state of emergency in France produced important results for law enforcement agencies but also dramatic consequences for the increasingly polarized French society, and especially for the Muslim population, the unrivaled target for warrantless searches and arrests.