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The Horror of a New Carnage

CATF Reports Jul. 15, 2016, 3:11pm

Yesterday the crowd gathered in Nice for Bastille Day celebrations was hit by a lone-wolf terrorist, Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhel, a 31-year-old French citizen of Tunisian descent showing no signs of radicalization.

Lebanese Banks Cannot Afford “Banking Prudence”

CATF Reports Jul. 15, 2016, 11:01am

The implementation of the US “Hizballah International Financial Prevention Act” (HIFPA) crossed a red line in Lebanon and left little hope for compromise between the Lebanese banking system and Hezbollah in the country, at least in the short term.

Senators Casey and Isakson Introduce Uncertain Bill on Combating Terrorism Financiers

CATF Reports Jul. 13, 2016, 4:04pm

Senator Casey and Isakson hope to give the White House additional powers to combat terrorism financiers through a newly proposed STORM bill but the legislation introduces important questions regarding U.S. policy.

Is Boko Haram’s ISIS Allegiance Really An Allegiance?

CATF Reports Jul. 12, 2016, 10:15am

Boko Haram pledged allegiance to ISIS in 2015, but U.S. intelligence reports show that ISIS does not necessarily support the Nigerian group financially. Rather, it seems their alliance is one of mere branding.

PA Continues Support for Prisoners and Terrorists with Donor Money

CATF Reports Jul. 6, 2016, 3:23pm

The PA has directed donor money towards supporting Palestinian prisoners, terrorists, and the families of “martyrs.” But how long will donors allow their funds to be used in this way?

Eid Charity’s Al Baraka Initiative: Admirable or Alarming?

CATF Reports Jul. 5, 2016, 2:46pm

In a new shift, Eid Charity will soon be receiving funds from Qatari businesses that will help expand the charity’s operations at home and overseas. But, where Eid Charity’s aid will be directed remains unclear.

Hamas’ Dwindling Funds Signal Organizational Crisis

CATF Reports Jul. 1, 2016, 9:55am

Hamas’ financial crisis and reported resignation of current leader, Khaled Meshal, indicate either change or demise is on the horizon for the organization.

Death by U.S. Drones, New Data To Be Released

CATF Reports Jun. 30, 2016, 8:52am

The U.S. will release official estimates of civilian deaths caused by drone strikes but the expected announcement of 100 deaths is far lower than most independent estimates.

Turkey Hit Again

CATF Reports Jun. 29, 2016, 2:49pm

Yesterday’s terrorist attack at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport is expected to induce Turkey to embrace a more aggressive approach against ISIS both in Syria and within its own borders.

Despite Strains, the Taliban and ISIS Enter an All-Encompassing Competition in Afghanistan

CATF Reports Jun. 27, 2016, 2:19pm

In Afghanistan, the Taliban and ISIS-affiliated groups have entered a bitter conflict over territory uncontrolled by Kabul. The longevity of each group will likely be determined by their ability to establish religious legitimacy and a compelling image among the Afghan public and the efficiency of their finances.

Al-Nusra and its Gulf Financiers: The Political Cost of a Long-Running Alliance

CATF Reports Jun. 24, 2016, 7:23am

Kuwait and Qatar remain al-Nusra’s top financiers. Will their support influence al-Nusra to disavow al-Qaeda in the near future?

Techwise Terrorists Drag Twitter Into The Eye of The Storm

CATF Reports Jun. 21, 2016, 3:44pm

Tamara Fields’ lawsuit against Twitter for the role allegedly played by the platform in supporting ISIS communications, recruits and fundraising efforts sparks debate over service providers’ legal immunity for the actions of their users and over what social media companies could do to halt terrorism propaganda.

How Saudi Relief Helped the Balkans Turn into Breeding Ground for Terrorism

CATF Reports Jun. 20, 2016, 3:08pm

Saudi Arabia’s aid in the Yugoslav wars’ aftermath proved crucial to establishing a hotbed for extremism and terrorism in the Balkans.

Yemen’s Central Bank: Caught In The Crossfire

CATF Reports Jun. 16, 2016, 3:33pm

Asharq Al-Awsat reported today that the international community is inclined to cut funds to the supposedly Houthi-controlled Central Bank of Yemen, a claim in contrast with a recent Reuters report that detailed the Central Bank of Yemen’s efforts to stay neutral between government loyalists and Houthis.

A Marriage of Convenience: Tehran and the Afghan Taliban

CATF Reports Jun. 15, 2016, 4:18pm

Twenty years ago, Iran and the Taliban maintained a volatile relationship; however mutual military and financial support is now on the rise.

Qatari Donors Are Buying a Say in Italy’s Islam

CATF Reports Jun. 9, 2016, 3:00pm

At the end of May, a Qatar Charity delegation traveled across the northwest of Italy to inaugurate several Islamic centers built or renovated thanks to the €25 million devolved to UCOII over the past three years, in line with the provision of Qatar Charity’s “Ghaith” initiative. This most recent investment, however, is only the tip of the iceberg.

Increased Airport Security vs French Labor Laws

CATF Reports Jun. 7, 2016, 3:36pm

By preventing employees from keeping racial, ethnic, and religious records on their employers on file, French labor laws tend to interfere with the implementation of increased security measures at airports, especially over suspected radical ties.

Turkish Aid to Gaza: Altruism or Self-Serving?

CATF Reports Jun. 6, 2016, 3:31pm

Turkey’s generous aid to Gaza raises questions about the country’s motives.

Burkina Faso: Greater Security Challenges Ahead

CATF Reports Jun. 2, 2016, 4:16pm

The most recent terrorist attacks in Burkina Faso signal that the jihadist threat in West Africa is growing in parallel to ISIS’ increasing infiltration and to more bitter rivalries between Africa-based terrorist groups.

IRGC and Islamic Jihad: A $70 Million Friendship

CATF Reports Jun. 1, 2016, 3:21pm

A visit to Tehran by a delegation of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad Movement marked a renewed partnership between PIJ and its long-standing state sponsor Iran.