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Qatar and Iran’s Struggling Swap Deal in Syria

Consortium Against Terrorist Finance 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.

Georgetown in Qatar Hosts Man Convicted of Palestinian Islamic Jihad Support

Consortium Against Terrorist Finance 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.

Humanitarian Aid Comes With Strings Attached in Gaza

Consortium Against Terrorist Finance 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.

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

Consortium Against Terrorist Finance 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.

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

Consortium Against Terrorist Finance 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.

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

Consortium Against Terrorist Finance 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

Consortium Against Terrorist Finance 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.

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

Consortium Against Terrorist Finance 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?

Consortium Against Terrorist Finance Feb. 9, 2017, 4:10pm

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

Qatar’s Darfur Initiative Expands Doha’s Strategy but Fails on Peace

Consortium Against Terrorist Finance Feb. 1, 2017, 2:20pm

Qatar has attempted to act as the primary mediator in negotiations over the future of Darfur, but previous cases point to a country with intentions of playing a role far larger than regional peacemaking.