International Counterterrorism Mechanisms News

The Details of U.S. Terrorist Screening in the Post 9/11 Era

CATF Reports Nov. 10, 2016, 3:11pm

The U.S. has made significant progress in the nomination, verification and screening of terrorist suspects since the 9/11 attacks.

What Does a Trump Presidency Mean for Legendary Russian Arms Trafficker Viktor Bout?

CATF Reports Nov. 9, 2016, 1:10pm

Russian convicted arms dealer Viktor Bout has filed a motion for a new trial to the U.S. Federal Appeals Court based on supposed new evidence emerged on one of the accused co-conspirators of his case. Recent developments may offer reasons for optimism for Bout.

What We Know About Trump and Clinton’s Counter-Terrorism Financing Strategies So Far

CATF Reports Nov. 8, 2016, 1:55pm

With the U.S. Presidential Election results only hours away, it is an ideal time to review the candidates’ records on countering terrorism finance.

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.

Acting Under Secretary Adam Szubin on Treasury Mission to Counter Terrorism Financing

CATF Reports Oct. 31, 2016, 10:38am

Last week, Adam Szubin spoke at SAIS on the status of Treasury’s fight against terrorism finance and the challenges that remain.

A New Espionage Law Polarizes the Bundestag

CATF Reports Oct. 26, 2016, 9:48am

Last Friday, October 21, the German parliament approved a much debated bill that broadens the powers of the Federal Intelligence Service while introducing long-awaited mechanisms that allow closer scrutiny.

EU Leaders Push for Sanctions against Russia in Brussels

CATF Reports Oct. 21, 2016, 9:22am

Russia’s involvement in the Syrian war has dominated EU discussions in Brussels. Determined to curb Russia’s actions, EU leaders have turned to the threat of targeted sanctions.

House Committee Confirms Cash is King for ISIS

CATF Reports Oct. 17, 2016, 4:26pm

The House Homeland Security Committee releases a report outlining ways to take down ISIS by focusing on their finances, and makes note of their unique online fundraising tactics.

U.S. Targets Money-Laundering Family Business in Crackdown on Terrorist Finance, Transnational Crime

CATF Reports Oct. 14, 2016, 1:57pm

The Khanani MLO is an alarming case of a family-run money laundering organization in support of terrorists and drug traffickers. The U.S. must continue to work together with its allies and target a vital aspect of terrorist financing: money laundering.

Drone Strike on Nusra Front Leader Highlights Missed Opportunities for Russia, U.S. in Syria

CATF Reports Oct. 6, 2016, 9:39am

Senior al-Qaeda and Nusra Front leader al-Masri is believed to have been killed by a U.S. drone. The U.S. and Russia will welcome the news, but renewed cooperation is a remote possibility.

U.S. Partially Lifted Sanctions on Sudan Amidst New Reports of Sudan’s Troops Unprecedented Abuses

CATF Reports Oct. 4, 2016, 10:44am

The U.S. Department of State lifted selected sanctions imposed on Sudan in 1997 after the state was designated a “sponsor of terrorism.” Surprisingly, the initiative comes after a new Amnesty International report that is currently sparking international debate documented the use of chemical weapons by Sudanese forces against Darfur populations.

AQIM in Libya: An Enduring, Latent Threat to the Sahel

CATF Reports Oct. 3, 2016, 10:51am

A recent congressional testimony refocused attention on the persistent - albeit recently silent - threat that AQIM poses to Libya and the Sahel from its Libyan strongholds.

9/11 Victim's Law: Saudi Arabia's Newly Found, Partial Accountability

CATF Reports Sep. 30, 2016, 1:12pm

With the unprecedented congressional override of Obama’s veto of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, the controversial bill will be signed into law, which begs the question of what the implications of the law will be. What does the law stipulate and what does it mean for the families of 9/11 victims and US-Saudi relations?

U.S. Designates Senior Hamas Member a ‘Global Terrorist’ in Restrained Approach to Countering Hamas

CATF Reports Sep. 29, 2016, 11:28am

The U.S. has designated former Hamas Interior Minister Fathi Hammad as a global terrorist, but a delicate regional environment has limited the U.S. and Israeli approach to degrading Hamas.

Combatting Terror Finance with Controls on British Financial Benefits

CATF Reports Sep. 26, 2016, 3:05pm

The UK Government is being urged to impose financial restrictions on terror suspects in order to prevent state funds from being used for terror financing.

U.S. Sanctions ISIS Supporters in Turkey

CATF Reports Sep. 21, 2016, 11:43am

The U.S. has issued sanctions against two men based in Turkey with financial and strategic ties to ISIS amid an increasingly precarious yet important U.S.-Turkey relationship.

Congressional Hearing: Radicalization in the U.S. and the Rise of Terrorism

CATF Reports Sep. 19, 2016, 9:47am

The current and coming administrations should pay closer attention to experts’ unique and important views on the future of combating radicalization and terrorism in the U.S. and overseas.

France, Germany to Pressure Encrypted App Companies to Join Counter-Terrorism Fight

CATF Reports Sep. 1, 2016, 10:05am

French and German Interior Ministers announced their countries’ hopes to work with encrypted app companies to gain new access to terrorist networks and prevent future attacks.

What’s Behind Ash Carter’s Decision that Costs Pakistan $300 Million in Security Aid

CATF Reports Aug. 31, 2016, 10:04am

U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter has not certified to Congress that Pakistan has taken sufficient action against the Haqqani network, a move that will cost Pakistan $300 million in U.S. military reimbursements.

Russia Walks a Fine Line in Its Relations with Iran and Turkey

CATF Reports Aug. 30, 2016, 1:46pm

Russia loses unprecedented access to an Iranian airbase as it seeks military support from Turkey in an effort to further expand its influence and role in the Middle East.