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Drone Strike on Nusra Front Leader Highlights Missed Opportunities for Russia, U.S. in Syria

CATF Reports Oct. 6, 2016, 9:39am

Senior al-Qaeda and Nusra Front leader al-Masri is believed to have been killed by a U.S. drone. The U.S. and Russia will welcome the news, but renewed cooperation is a remote possibility.

U.S. Partially Lifted Sanctions on Sudan Amidst New Reports of Sudan’s Troops Unprecedented Abuses

CATF Reports Oct. 4, 2016, 10:44am

The U.S. Department of State lifted selected sanctions imposed on Sudan in 1997 after the state was designated a “sponsor of terrorism.” Surprisingly, the initiative comes after a new Amnesty International report that is currently sparking international debate documented the use of chemical weapons by Sudanese forces against Darfur populations.

AQIM in Libya: An Enduring, Latent Threat to the Sahel

CATF Reports Oct. 3, 2016, 10:51am

A recent congressional testimony refocused attention on the persistent - albeit recently silent - threat that AQIM poses to Libya and the Sahel from its Libyan strongholds.

9/11 Victim's Law: Saudi Arabia's Newly Found, Partial Accountability

CATF Reports Sep. 30, 2016, 1:12pm

With the unprecedented congressional override of Obama’s veto of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, the controversial bill will be signed into law, which begs the question of what the implications of the law will be. What does the law stipulate and what does it mean for the families of 9/11 victims and US-Saudi relations?

U.S. Designates Senior Hamas Member a ‘Global Terrorist’ in Restrained Approach to Countering Hamas

CATF Reports Sep. 29, 2016, 11:28am

The U.S. has designated former Hamas Interior Minister Fathi Hammad as a global terrorist, but a delicate regional environment has limited the U.S. and Israeli approach to degrading Hamas.

Are U.S. Authorities Downplaying the Orlando Shooter’s ISIS Link?

CATF Reports Sep. 27, 2016, 2:35pm

A more complete transcript of the Orlando shooter Omar Mateen’s 911 calls with the police released by U.S. authorities last Friday reveals the full extent of the shooter’s motives and raises doubts about the U.S.’s alleged efforts to manipulate ISIS links in public documents.

Combatting Terror Finance with Controls on British Financial Benefits

CATF Reports Sep. 26, 2016, 3:05pm

The UK Government is being urged to impose financial restrictions on terror suspects in order to prevent state funds from being used for terror financing.

Al Haramain Foundation: What’s Behind OFAC Sanctions? Politics.

CATF Reports Sep. 23, 2016, 11:12am

Last Friday the U.S. Treasury announced its decision to delist the Oregon-based branch of Al Haramain Foundation, designated as a terrorist entity for its strong links to al-Qaeda and the Saudi government. The move sparks doubts about the ultimate nature and value of the terrorist designation process in the U.S.

U.S. Sanctions ISIS Supporters in Turkey

CATF Reports Sep. 21, 2016, 11:43am

The U.S. has issued sanctions against two men based in Turkey with financial and strategic ties to ISIS amid an increasingly precarious yet important U.S.-Turkey relationship.

Congressional Hearing: Radicalization in the U.S. and the Rise of Terrorism

CATF Reports Sep. 19, 2016, 9:47am

The current and coming administrations should pay closer attention to experts’ unique and important views on the future of combating radicalization and terrorism in the U.S. and overseas.

Hamas and PA Seek Steady Relations with Qatar Despite Growing Clout in Territories

CATF Reports Sep. 15, 2016, 12:47pm

Qatar has showed signs of an eagerness to use its aid to gain increased leverage among the Palestinian Authority and Hamas during an era of strained Iran-Hamas ties. The international community must pay close attention.

Weaponry Innovations from Insurgent Groups Prove Worrisome

CATF Reports Sep. 15, 2016, 9:33am

A recent U.S. Army report reveals emerging trends amongst terrorist and insurgent groups’ use of remote-controlled weaponry.

ISIS' Female Fighters on the Battlefront

CATF Reports Sep. 14, 2016, 11:50am

Yesterday ISIS’ news outlet Amaq sanctioned the growing role of women as executors of terrorist operations.

A Web of Weapons in Yemen's Proxy War

CATF Reports Sep. 14, 2016, 9:26am

The increasing involvement of new actors in the arms trade behind the proxy war raging in Yemen leaves little hope for conflict resolution in the medium term.

Kerry Threatens Aid Cut to South Sudan Amid Chaos, President Accepts Peacekeeping Force

CATF Reports Sep. 8, 2016, 1:59pm

John Kerry warned South Sudanese leaders that ongoing violence may come at the cost of a significant reduction in U.S. aid to the country. Weeks later, the South Sudanese president accepted the U.S.-supported UN peacekeeping force.

France, Germany to Pressure Encrypted App Companies to Join Counter-Terrorism Fight

CATF Reports Sep. 1, 2016, 10:05am

French and German Interior Ministers announced their countries’ hopes to work with encrypted app companies to gain new access to terrorist networks and prevent future attacks.

What’s Behind Ash Carter’s Decision that Costs Pakistan $300 Million in Security Aid

CATF Reports Aug. 31, 2016, 10:04am

U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter has not certified to Congress that Pakistan has taken sufficient action against the Haqqani network, a move that will cost Pakistan $300 million in U.S. military reimbursements.

Russia Walks a Fine Line in Its Relations with Iran and Turkey

CATF Reports Aug. 30, 2016, 1:46pm

Russia loses unprecedented access to an Iranian airbase as it seeks military support from Turkey in an effort to further expand its influence and role in the Middle East.

Libya, Qatar Seeking Influence in U.S. Schools

CATF Reports Aug. 29, 2016, 10:41am

Amid global suspicion of traditional channels of exerting influence, Qatar and Libya have recently turned to U.S. schools as a new channel to get their message out.

Egypt: International Community to Rise Against Qatar-Sponsored Cleric

CATF Reports Aug. 25, 2016, 3:15pm

In a piece posted by the Wall Street Journal on August 23, Egypt’s Ambassador to the United States Yasser Reda urged the international community to demand stricter compliance to counterterrorism resolutions in order to protect societies from opinions promoting terrorism, such as Doha-based Yusuf al-Qaradawi’s.