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IN THE NEWS: Is Qatar's Money Behind Podemos?

CATF Reports May 4, 2016, 2:07pm

The Spanish newspaper La Razón reported that Qatar allegedly devolved €9.3 to the left-wing party Podemos through small deposits from several front businesses from 2012 to 2015.

Foreign Intelligence Collaborations Fight Terrorism More Effectively

CATF Reports May 4, 2016, 2:09pm

The Australian-U.S. security partnership entails heavy collaborative intelligence sharing and has proved to be one of the oldest and most enduring intelligence sharing alliances.

IN THE NEWS: New Sanctions to Consolidate UN Authority in Libya

CATF Reports May 4, 2016, 2:13pm

The UN is using sanctions against the Tobruk government to reaffirm the authority of the newly established UN-backed government in war-torn Libya.

Holy Land Redux: Where Are They Now?

CATF Reports May 4, 2016, 2:14pm

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies Vice President for Research Jonathan Schanzer’s congressional testimony calls attention to the need for greater transparency by NGOs in light of past experience with now-defunct Hamas-linked charities in the U.S.

IN THE NEWS: Will Anti-Aircraft Missiles Turn the Tables in Syria?

CATF Reports May 4, 2016, 2:14pm

As Assad and Russia step up airstrikes on rebel-held areas in Syria, the rebels’ request for anti-aircraft missiles becomes more pressing.

IN THE NEWS: Kenyan Medical Students Add Anthrax to the ISIS Formula

CATF Reports May 4, 2016, 2:14pm

The Kenyan police have foiled a large-scale biological attack using anthrax that was planned by a network including university students with ties to a terror network affiliated with ISIS.

IN THE NEWS: Hamas and Its Indefatigable Smuggling Attempts

CATF Reports May 5, 2016, 12:48pm

The Israeli Tax Authority in cooperation with the Israel Security Agency have foiled a new smuggling attempt of 4 tons of ammonium chloride disguised in a 40 ton shipment ordered by a Gaza resident with alleged ties to Hamas.

Boko Haram and the Dilemma of Intelligence Sharing

CATF Reports May 5, 2016, 3:21pm

African and Western countries’ failure to share intelligence on Boko Haram may be ascribed to the very problems that have afflicted intelligence sharing in other national and regional contexts.

Between Counter-Terrorism and Propaganda: The UK Government and “Help for Syria”

CATF Reports May 9, 2016, 8:54am

The U.K. government secretly funds Syrian refugee charities. Do these tactics constitute sinister citizen control?

IN THE NEWS: Senator Kirk: Make Qatar Comply or Cut Ties

CATF Reports May 10, 2016, 1:14pm

The chairman of the Senate Banking Subcommittee on National Security and International Trade and Finance Sen. Mark Kirk (R., Ill.) addressed growing concerns over the U.S. multifaceted partnership with Qatar, a state financier of terrorism, in a letter to the Secretary of the Treasury Jacob Lew.

Fishing, Farming, and Factories: Generating Revenue in ISIS Territory

CATF Reports May 11, 2016, 3:12pm

The strength of ISIS can only be assessed by monitoring everyday society inside ISIS controlled territory.

Kidnappings of Oil Workers: New Terrorism Windfall

CATF Reports May 12, 2016, 3:43pm

Sailors and oil workers have become the preferred victims of kidnapping for ransom by terrorist groups since crude oil prices started to drop last year.

IN THE NEWS: The Refah Smuggling Tunnels May Cost Hamas Its Final Chance with Egypt

CATF Reports May 17, 2016, 10:28am

A senior Israeli official has claimed that ISIS fighters entered the Gaza strip through underground tunnels linking Egypt to Hamas-controlled territory to undergo Hamas-sponsored military training.

Turkey’s Base in Qatar: After Davutoglu, Turkey Looks East

CATF Reports May 19, 2016, 1:46pm

As Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu’s forced departure signals, Turkey is transitioning towards a one-man-rule under the unchecked leadership of President Erdogan. Turkey’s military base in Qatar assumes an even stronger symbolic relevance now that Turkey is looking at its Arab neighbors – primarily Qatar – to reinforce its regional and international status.

Yemeni, Libyan, Saudi ISIS Branches on U.S. State Department Terror Lists

CATF Reports May 19, 2016, 4:03pm

Today the U.S. State Department listed the Libyan, Saudi, and Yemeni ISIS branches as “specially designated global terrorists.”

Government Clampdown on Muslim Brotherhood Raises Fear Over Growing Extremism in Jordan

CATF Reports May 20, 2016, 10:32am

Muslim Brotherhood split creates tribal rifts in Jordan signaling increase in extremism.

Mustafa Amine Badreddine’s Death and the Unsolved Mystery of Hezbollah’s Commitment to Assad

CATF Reports May 25, 2016, 9:46am

The mysterious death of Mustafa Amine Badreddine, Hezbollah senior executive and main architect of the Syrian campaign, raises questions as to the extent of Hezbollah’s enduring commitment in Syria as dissent increases among fighters and their families over growing losses.

Egypt Is In Denial Of Rising Terror Threats On Its Soil

CATF Reports May 25, 2016, 3:27pm

As international authorities repute terrorism as one of the plausible causes of the May 18th EgyptAir plane crash in the Mediterranean, Egypt’s complex security situation and the lack of accountability of the Egyptian government for it draw new attention.

Why Qatar Cultivates Sudan and Other International Outcasts

CATF Reports May 26, 2016, 10:26am

Qatar’s affinity for extremists frustrates U.S. allies until one parses the Gulf nation’s counter terrorism as well as its self-serving motivations.

Killing for Peace: Will the new Mullah unite the Taliban?

CATF Reports May 31, 2016, 11:41am

With Mansour dead and a new Taliban leader proclaimed, will peace talks resume?