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A Darker, More Polarized France Takes Stocks After One Year Under State of Emergency

CATF Reports Nov. 18, 2016, 3:34pm

A year under state of emergency in France produced important results for law enforcement agencies but also dramatic consequences for the increasingly polarized French society, and especially for the Muslim population, the unrivaled target for warrantless searches and arrests.

Talks Underway for $10 Billion Arms Deal between Russia and Iran

CATF Reports Nov. 17, 2016, 2:23pm

Reports of talks between Russia and Iran over a $10 billion arms deal were met with concern in Washington and Tel Aviv.

Obama Leads Trump Transition Domestically and in Syrian Policy

CATF Reports Nov. 17, 2016, 8:47am

Soon Trump may accelerate Obama’s recent moves in Syria to attack rebels and implement sanctions while introducing his own policy objectives. But what impact will this have?

Gaza Strip Gets New Leadership with Ties to Iran and Turkey

CATF Reports Nov. 16, 2016, 11:45am

Imad al Alami is set to replace current leader Ismail Haniyeh as political leader of Hamas in the Gaza Strip. As a founding member of the group, he has advanced Hamas’ agenda through the years by building longstanding relations with Iran, a major Hamas financier, and Turkey, a de facto Hamas headquarters.

A Toss Up: Who’s Behind the October Quetta Attacks?

CATF Reports Nov. 14, 2016, 1:08pm

Questions remain about the true actor behind the October 24th terrorist attacks in Quetta, Pakistan, as three separate groups have been implicated. Whoever is responsible had adequate resources and training to successfully execute an attack on over 700 police trainees.

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.

Hamas and Fatah: Another Doomed Merger Attempt Facilitated by Qatar

CATF Reports Nov. 7, 2016, 3:24pm

From Qatar, its host and sponsor, the Hamas leadership has announced an impeding merger with the PLO which appears to be impracticable from its most basic premises and ultimately capable of endangering both parties in the long run.

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.

The Irony of the U.S. Treasury’s Appreciation for Qatar’s Efforts

CATF Reports Oct. 27, 2016, 4:03pm

After Clinton’s leaked emails acknowledged Qatar’s clandestine financial and logistical support to extremist and terrorist groups in the Middle East, the U.S. Treasury publicly praised Qatar’s initiatives to counter terror financing during a formal meeting in the Gulf emirate.

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.

Journalist’s Controversial Story Highlights Rifts over Pakistan’s Support for Terrorists

CATF Reports Oct. 25, 2016, 3:24pm

While his article led him to be temporarily banned from leaving Pakistan, Cyril Almeida advanced a crucial debate on a country caught between isolation and support for terrorism.

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.

WikiLeaks: Can the U.S. Really Manage Qatar and Saudi Arabia’s Double Game?

CATF Reports Oct. 20, 2016, 8:57am

Emails recently leaked by WikiLeaks suggest that U.S. authorities are fully aware of the extent of their long-standing Gulf partners’ double game – formally criminalizing terror financing while strategically sponsoring extremist and terrorist groups – and seem determined to deal with it primarily through soft power strategies.

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.

Bank Sepah: A Most Farcical Deal with Iran

CATF Reports Oct. 14, 2016, 10:33am

Recent revelations by U.S. officials suggest that in January the U.S. had agreed on three concessions to Iran in return for the release of five American detainees that rendered the nuclear deal agreement unsubstantial.

More U.S. Weapons Soon to Flow to Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain: No Strings Attached for Terrorism Sponsors

CATF Reports Oct. 7, 2016, 11:18am

The White House has recently approved the long-delayed multi-billion dollar military sale to Qatar, Kuwait, and Bahrain - a move that comes with heavy political implications.