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Cruz’s Bill Brings the Muslim Brotherhood’s Terror Finance Links Back into the Spotlight

CATF Reports Nov. 5, 2015, 5:21pm

The bill filed by Cruz and Diaz-Balart for the designation of the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist entity refocuses public attention on the Muslim Brotherhood’s network and illicit activities in the U.S.

Does UNRWA condone terrorism?

CATF Reports Nov. 4, 2015, 12:31pm

The head of UNRWA which focuses on assisting Palestinian Refugees addressed a British charity that is a U.S. Government Specially Designated Global Terror organization for the role it plays in financing Hamas.

The Holy Land Foundation: Terrorist Finance Trendsetter

CATF Reports Oct. 28, 2015, 6:07pm

Important lessons have been learnt from the Holy Land Foundation's history.

Is Iranian Money Backing the “Stabbing Intifada”?

CATF Reports Oct. 22, 2015, 4:08pm

As Palestinian attacks against Israelis continue in Israel and the West Bank, questions are mounting about whether or not there is any central organization as with past uprisings. In the meantime Iranian backed groups Islamic Jihad, Hamas and Hezbollah are all getting involved to varying degrees.

Supreme Court to Hear Iranian Objections to Terror Victims’ Compensation

CATF Reports Oct. 21, 2015, 10:23am

The Supreme Court has agreed, over the objections of the Obama Administration, to hear an appeal by the Iranian Central Bank to both lower court rulings and Congressional legislation awarding Iranian assets frozen in U.S. banks to American terror victims as compensation.

Our Southwest Border: Weaknesses Invite Currency Smuggling and Electronic Money Transfers

CATF Reports Oct. 15, 2015, 5:18pm

U.S. enforcement machinery for combating drug trafficking and money laundering holds enormous potential for combating terrorist fundraising that rests on exploiting U.S. border control and funds transfer vulnerabilities.

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.

Financial Intelligence Units (FIUs) Fight Terrorism Worldwide

CATF Reports Oct. 1, 2015, 12:59pm

The Egmont Group has adapted its strategies to combat the growing threat of terrorist financing in addition to being crucial in countering traditional financial crimes.

UK Getting Serious about Cracking Down on Terrorists' Money Launderers?

CATF Reports Sep. 29, 2015, 12:53pm

Documents leaked last week show how the UK Home Office is planning to implement a counter-terrorism bill that is currently before Parliament, including the banning from leadership positions in organizations with charity status anyone who meets the government's definition of extremist.

The State of Rampant Corruption and its Banks

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

Do Qatari banks uphold international anti-corruption standards?

As Hezbollah Goes Regional, So Does its Financing

CATF Reports Sep. 24, 2015, 11:46am

The Iranian funded and trained Lebanese terrorist group is playing a major role in the Syrian conflict. It is also playing lesser roles in Iraq and Yemen. As Hezbollah expands its footprint, it also expands the geographic focus and ways in which it supports its increasing funding requirements.

How ISIS and al-Qaeda Finance Themselves

CATF Reports Sep. 22, 2015, 1:54pm

ISIS and al-Qaeda fundraising strategies and methods differ both in degree and kind. A comparison between the two cannot disregard a fundamental difference in their ultimate goal.

Hamas is Squarely in the Obama Administration’s Sights

CATF Reports Sep. 21, 2015, 2:57pm

Recent terrorist designations target Hamas' regional financiers.

IRGC and Hezbollah: Major Beneficiaries of the Iran Deal

CATF Reports Sep. 18, 2015, 4:36pm

A discussion on the implications of the Iran deal should extend way beyond the risks of an even more relaxed approach to terror financing by Iran, to include domestic as well as regional implications.

Bitcoins Used to Fund Terrorism

CATF Reports Sep. 14, 2015, 3:16pm

Jihadist advocates seeking recruits are discussing the potential of Bitcoin as an ideal funding mechanism.

Costly Cash Curbs Casualties

CATF Reports Sep. 11, 2015, 2:39pm

The Economist is calling for changes in anti-money laundering regulations to make it easier for workers in the developed world to send remittances to poorer countries. This is a noble cause but a dangerous way of implementing it that will make it easier for terror organizations to move funds around the world.

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.

Hiding in plain sight?

CATF Reports Sep. 3, 2015, 4:05pm

A non-descript West London office building has been accused of being the hub for all Muslim Brotherhood operations in Western Europe and it seems to house a sophisticated media operation that is helping finance global terrorism while at the same time spreading the Brotherhood’s message.

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF): Coordination to Fight Terrorist Banking

CATF Reports Sep. 2, 2015, 4:31pm

Since 1990, FATF has promulgated recommendations that are considered as the international standard for combating of money laundering and the financing of terrorism as well as weapons proliferation.

In Syria, Are the Enemies of America’s Enemies Becoming Its Friends?

CATF Reports Sep. 1, 2015, 9:44am

If the “Daesh effect” comes to fruition, extremist groups could benefit from new alliances and loosened restrictions on financing. But for now, the U.S. hasn’t changed its threat assessment in Syria.