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Trump’s Principles Challenged over the Future of JASTA

CATF Reports Apr. 27, 2017, 1:19pm

The future of JASTA appears uncertain as President Trump will look to balance campaign promises with growing geopolitical concerns.

Qatar and Iran’s Struggling Swap Deal in Syria

CATF Reports Apr. 21, 2017, 12:08pm

The suicide attack that killed 126 evacuees outside Aleppo last weekend calls into question the effectiveness of the exchange deal brokered by Qatar and Iran.

The Double-Edged Sword of Expanded U.S. Efforts in Somalia

CATF Reports Apr. 18, 2017, 2:18pm

Terrorist group Al-Shabaab has escalated its attacks in Somalia in retaliation for elevated U.S. airstrike capabilities within the country.

Former Aljazeera Journalist Jailed in Egypt Takes on Qatari Terror Financing

CATF Reports Apr. 17, 2017, 11:15am

After being jailed in Egypt for his work for Aljazeera, Mohamed Fahmy expressed his frustration with Qatar using the media channel as a foreign policy tool. Now he has directed his anger towards the country’s protection of terrorism financiers.

Georgetown in Qatar Hosts Man Convicted of Palestinian Islamic Jihad Support

CATF Reports Apr. 6, 2017, 1:58pm

Last week, Georgetown’s satellite campus in Qatar hosted Sami Al-Arian, a controversial former college professor with widely documented ties to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group.

Russia's Terror Problem

CATF Reports Apr. 6, 2017, 1:50pm

Russian authorities have uncovered the terrorist’s identity following Monday’s St. Petersburg attack, but have yet to discern the group responsible.

U.S. Charges Hezbollah Backer with Evading Terrorism Finance Sanctions

CATF Reports Mar. 30, 2017, 10:42am

A Hezbollah financier and head of major shipping company faces charges in D.C. over evading U.S. terror finance sanctions, money laundering, conspiracy and fraud.

Time to Improve Lackluster U.S. Approach Towards Domestic Terror-Funding Charities

CATF Reports Mar. 28, 2017, 2:22pm

Former U.S. Treasury Department terrorism analyst urges Trump administration to revive initiatives to curb terrorist-funding charities operating on U.S. soil.

Humanitarian Aid Comes With Strings Attached in Gaza

CATF Reports Mar. 24, 2017, 1:13pm

This week Muhammad Murtaja, the director of the Gaza branch of a major Turkish charity, was put on trial by Israeli authorities on charges of misappropriation of humanitarian aid for terror financing purposes.

Russia Working with the YPG in Northwest Syria

CATF Reports Mar. 23, 2017, 1:51pm

Russia appears to have established a military base in YPG-controlled territory to boost cooperation between the two sides with important geopolitical and military implications.

Qatar Invests Heavily in Russia in Hopes of Burying Tensions over Terror-Financing

CATF Reports Mar. 17, 2017, 12:34pm

Recently, Qatar has invested billions of dollars in Russia in an effort to strike a delicate balance in its foreign policy, buy leverage with an increasingly important power in the region, and cover up tensions between the two countries over Doha’s history of funding terrorists.

Qatar and Turkey Seek New, Nonmilitary Paths for Influence in Syria

CATF Reports Mar. 9, 2017, 12:44pm

As the Assad regime consolidates its power in Syria with the help of its foreign backers, Turkey and Qatar seek new methods of gaining influence in the country.

Hamas Appointment of Hardliner Leader in Gaza Could Alter Regional Balance

CATF Reports Mar. 2, 2017, 11:50am

The appointment of militant hardliner Yahya Sinwar as Hamas leader of Gaza and the group’s coordination with ISIS could disrupt the delicate balance of Hamas’ regional supporters.

Drone Strike Kills al-Qaeda’s Number Two in Syria

CATF Reports Feb. 27, 2017, 3:17pm

In an important step in the fight against terrorism, a U.S. drone strike took out Abu al-Khayr al-Masri, al-Qaeda’s deputy leader and a longtime associate of Ayman al-Zawahiri and Osama bin Laden.

The Middle East and Asia: Literally Up in Arms

CATF Reports Feb. 23, 2017, 4:17pm

Report shows a peak volume in the global weapons trade, with the Middle East and Asia as the top markets for arms imports.

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.

A Reinvigorated Al-Shabaab Rears its Head

CATF Reports Feb. 16, 2017, 9:14am

Somali terrorist group Al-Shabaab gains momentum through various military and political factors, despite hopes for unity under a new President.

Al-Qaeda’s Grand Plan for Syria Passes Through Hayat Tahrir al-Sham

CATF Reports Feb. 14, 2017, 3:28pm

The new joint venture between Jabhat Fatah al-Sham and other Syrian rebel groups inherited the Qaedist strategies and resources.

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.

Driven by Peace or Politics? U.N. Delists Gulbuddin Hekmatyar

CATF Reports Feb. 8, 2017, 9:52am

The U.N. just removed infamous Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar from sanctions, triggering mixed reactions about the political underpinnings.