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All About The Benjamins: Big Bills and Terror Finance

CATF Reports Mar. 3, 2016, 6:17pm

A Harvard Kennedy School study reflects on the importance of eliminating high currency bills in an effort to fight terror finance.

Iraqi Informal Banking: Secret ISIL Backbone

CATF Reports Mar. 8, 2016, 2:48pm

The U.S. has already worked successfully to deny banks in ISIL dominated regions access to international wire transfer networks, leaving money exchanges as the only viable means of transferring funds.

Hitting Hezbollah to Advance a Proxy War

CATF Reports Mar. 10, 2016, 11:20am

The terrorist designation of Hezbollah’s Lebanese core by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) represents the latest development in a larger trend of exploitation of international sanctions to advance the proponent's strategic goal - Saudi Arabia's dominance in the Middle East.

HSBC, the Finsbury Park Mosque, and the Legacy of Abu Hamza

CATF Reports Mar. 11, 2016, 9:08am

Abu Hamza serves life in prison, but his legacy of terror still reigns over Finsbury Park Mosque which continues to appear in the World Check terrorism risk database.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.