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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.

The SWIFT Role in Combating Terrorist Finance

CATF Reports Aug. 26, 2015, 12:06pm

By rejoining SWIFT, Iran is expected to have unprecedented access to the world financial system to move money in support of terrorist causes.

Terrorist Finance and Qatar: two more Terrorists added to the U.S. Sanction List

CATF Reports Aug. 24, 2015, 7:55pm

The US Treasury recently added two Qatari nationals to its list of terror financiers and called attention to lax attitude of the Qatari authorities toward such fundraising groups operating in the Gulf State.

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and its Wide Net for Fundraising

CATF Reports Aug. 21, 2015, 10:03am

Al Qaeda’s Yemen-based franchise has prominent financial support from Saudi Arabia and Qatar and its key fundraiser is a representative of the U.S. backed Government in Exile.

Qatar Charity, Pioneer and Master of Terror Finance

CATF Reports Aug. 19, 2015, 12:57pm

Despite its noteworthy humanitarian achievements, Qatar Charity’s reputation as a “terrorism supporting entity” is well deserved.

What Narcotraffickers Could be Teaching Today’s Islamic Terrorists

CATF Reports Aug. 19, 2015, 12:48pm

After 9/11, law enforcement and intelligence agencies treated terrorist finance as a new phenomenon prone to exploiting advanced technology. Experience suggests terrorists do very well with basic laundering techniques that worked well for narcotraffickers.

Saudi Arabia and Iran: Patronage Disputes over Hamas?

CATF Reports Aug. 17, 2015, 4:54pm

King Salman is pursuing closer ties with Hamas to replace Iran as Hamas’ key financier.

Does U.S. Anti-Terror Finance Legislation Work?

CATF Reports Aug. 14, 2015, 4:15pm

A settlement between a Jordanian bank charged under the U.S. Anti-Terrorism Act victims of Hamas attacks in Israel and the West Bank is raising questions about the Act’s anti-terror financing components and how they are interpreted and enforced.

High Street Banks Take Initiative on Terrorism Finance

CATF Reports Aug. 14, 2015, 1:20pm

Large banks are cracking down on account holders with ties to terrorism, and these crackdowns have pushed nonprofits with terrorist ties to the forefront.

International Body Pinpoints Gold as Increasingly Popular Vehicle for Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing

CATF Reports Aug. 14, 2015, 10:45am

A recent report by the Financial Action Task Force explains why the gold market provides some of the easiest means for criminal and terrorist organizations to launder the proceeds of their illicit activity.

From Pied-à-Terre to Persecutor: Turkey’s Unconvincing History with ISIS

CATF Reports Aug. 13, 2015, 3:18pm

By aligning with the U.S., Turkey is seeking a more aggressive role against ISIS. This comes as a startling reversal in Turkey’s strategy towards ISIS, whose presence and activities on Turkish national territory has been tolerated by the country for years.