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IN THE NEWS: Erdogan's Two-Faced Game

CATF Reports Apr. 26, 2016, 3:49pm

Israel has announced the full lift of the maritime blockade of the Gaza strip, a major condition set by Turkey towards the normalization of the strained relations between the two countries. However, Turkey is sending contradictory signals about its commitment to the process of reconciliation with Israel.

Qatar: From Oxford Classrooms to Europe’s Hearts and Minds

CATF Reports Apr. 26, 2016, 8:33am

Tariq Ramadan, the grandson of the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood and well-known intellectual, is among the major beneficiaries of Qatar’s investments in Oxford University, worth several million dollars.

IN THE NEWS: ISIS’ Use of Chemical Weapons Is Not Among Top U.S. Concerns

CATF Reports Apr. 25, 2016, 2:17pm

The Kurdish Peshmerga forces fighting ISIS are poorly equipped against the Islamic State’s increasingly frequent use of chlorine and mustard gas, which they perceive as a mounting threat. Their U.S. allies disagree.

Defecting ISIS: Fighters Flee as Finances Dwindle

CATF Reports Apr. 21, 2016, 4:08pm

Does the surge in defection, which coincides with increasing financial troubles, mean ISIS fighters are financially motivated?

IN THE NEWS: A Weapons Bazaar in the Heart of Europe

CATF Reports Apr. 20, 2016, 4:20pm

The Balkan wars legacy included large supplies of small arms that are being shipped worldwide, from Europe, to the Iraq, to Yemen, Libya, and Sudan.

IN THE NEWS: A New ISIS-Mafia Axis for Drug Smuggling

CATF Reports Apr. 19, 2016, 3:52pm

Italian top prosecutor reveals that ISIS and the Italian mafia are cooperating to smuggle hashish into Europe.

Yemen’s Enduring Al Qaeda Challenge

CATF Reports Apr. 19, 2016, 1:41pm

Cleaved along its historical north-south axis and plagued by weak political institutions and ethnic fragmentation, Yemen has offered fertile ground for a rapid terrorist expansion and continues to present a dilemma for the U.S. counter terrorism strategy. 

IN THE NEWS: Assad-ISIS Partnership to Provide Drinking Water in Raqqa

CATF Reports Apr. 15, 2016, 2:33pm

In Raqqa, ISIS is allegedly collecting taxes and taking credit for administering water facilities “staffed and paid” for by the Syrian government.

From Freedom to Terror: The Changing Face of Facebook in War-torn Libya

CATF Reports Apr. 14, 2016, 3:32pm

Since at least 2014, Facebook continues to be used to sell military weapons to armed militias and members of ISIS in Libya, who then use those weapons to terrorize Libyan citizens.

IN THE NEWS: On Petrodollars & Panama Papers

CATF Reports Apr. 14, 2016, 1:42pm

Panama Papers data leak revealed that petro-states tend to heavily rely on secretive offshore accounts to evade scrutiny and to protect their positions of power.

“Iran Will Not Have a Nuclear Weapon”: But At What Cost?

CATF Reports Apr. 8, 2016, 10:07am

The U.S. continues to turn a blind eye to Iran's international crimes in an effort to preserve the nuclear deal.

Qatar: Testing the Boundaries as a U.S. Ally

CATF Reports Apr. 4, 2016, 7:06am

With Middle East security as a constantly evolving dynamic, manifestations of policy discord between the U.S. and Qatar have begun to take on palpable defense implications.

Countering ISIS Attacks: Placing Science Before Good Faith

CATF Reports Apr. 1, 2016, 4:23pm

TATP, recently discovered in the ISIS attacks on Paris and Brussels, has been used by terrorists since the 1990s. Why is the explosive compound still so easy to assemble and impossible to detect?

Belgium’s Fractured Counterterrorism Enterprise: Can it be Fixed?

CATF Reports Mar. 31, 2016, 1:07pm

Workable recommendations for improved counterterrorism policy in Belgium need to address the current level of counterproductive political decentralization.

Punishing Lebanon for the Crimes of Hezbollah: Going Too Far?

CATF Reports Mar. 29, 2016, 2:46pm

President Obama warned Saudi Arabia that withholding aid to Lebanon could further destabilize the Middle East, yet not everyone in Washington is on that same page. In a recent congressional hearing, Tony Badran and Daniel Byman recommended different approaches.

How Belgium’s Wahhabi Patrons Are Taking Europe Hostage

CATF Reports Mar. 25, 2016, 8:26am

Molenbeek has become a new European symbol of Muslim discrimination and radicalization. By funding mosques and schools from which Salafi teachings were spread in Belgium, Saudi Arabia has fostered extremism in the country.

Brussels Attacks: Can U.S. Intelligence Sharing Program Identify Terrorists?

CATF Reports Mar. 22, 2016, 5:03pm

An example of optimum law enforcement cooperation – the experience of the Arizona Anti-Money Laundering Alliance – teaches an interesting lesson in light of the needed improvement of Belgian security processes and of an increasingly necessary private-public cooperation.

A Rising Terror Threat: Hamas, Underground Tunnels, and Remote Control

CATF Reports Mar. 18, 2016, 9:01am

Hamas is successfully operating at a new level of sophistication: above and underground, locally and across borders.

Can the U.S. Rely on Iraqi Kurdistan to Triumph over ISIS?

CATF Reports Mar. 16, 2016, 10:35am

The Kurdish regional government has proven to be fully loyal to U.S. interests, but there are troubling downside elements to the Kurds’ oil-based independence.

Meet the New ISIS Leader in Libya: Abdulqader al-Najdi

CATF Reports Mar. 15, 2016, 11:53am

Last week ISIS’s Arabic propaganda magazine al-Nabaa featured an interview with Abdulqader al-Najdi, the new ISIS’s commander in Libya.