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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.