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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?

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.

“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.

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.

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: 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.

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: 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.

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.

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: 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.

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: 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.