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AQIM in Libya: An Enduring, Latent Threat to the Sahel

Consortium Against Terrorist Finance Oct. 3, 2016, 10:51am

A recent congressional testimony refocused attention on the persistent - albeit recently silent - threat that AQIM poses to Libya and the Sahel from its Libyan strongholds.

U.S. Partially Lifted Sanctions on Sudan Amidst New Reports of Sudan’s Troops Unprecedented Abuses

CATF Reports Oct. 4, 2016, 10:44am

The U.S. Department of State lifted selected sanctions imposed on Sudan in 1997 after the state was designated a “sponsor of terrorism.” Surprisingly, the initiative comes after a new Amnesty International report that is currently sparking international debate documented the use of chemical weapons by Sudanese forces against Darfur populations.

Drone Strike on Nusra Front Leader Highlights Missed Opportunities for Russia, U.S. in Syria

CATF Reports Oct. 6, 2016, 9:39am

Senior al-Qaeda and Nusra Front leader al-Masri is believed to have been killed by a U.S. drone. The U.S. and Russia will welcome the news, but renewed cooperation is a remote possibility.

More U.S. Weapons Soon to Flow to Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain: No Strings Attached for Terrorism Sponsors

Consortium Against Terrorist Financing Oct. 7, 2016, 11:18am

The White House has recently approved the long-delayed multi-billion dollar military sale to Qatar, Kuwait, and Bahrain - a move that comes with heavy political implications.

Bank Sepah: A Most Farcical Deal with Iran

CATF Reports Oct. 14, 2016, 10:33am

Recent revelations by U.S. officials suggest that in January the U.S. had agreed on three concessions to Iran in return for the release of five American detainees that rendered the nuclear deal agreement unsubstantial.

U.S. Targets Money-Laundering Family Business in Crackdown on Terrorist Finance, Transnational Crime

Consortium Against Terrorist Finance Oct. 14, 2016, 1:57pm

The Khanani MLO is an alarming case of a family-run money laundering organization in support of terrorists and drug traffickers. The U.S. must continue to work together with its allies and target a vital aspect of terrorist financing: money laundering.

House Committee Confirms Cash is King for ISIS

CATF Reports Oct. 17, 2016, 4:26pm

The House Homeland Security Committee releases a report outlining ways to take down ISIS by focusing on their finances, and makes note of their unique online fundraising tactics.

WikiLeaks: Can the U.S. Really Manage Qatar and Saudi Arabia’s Double Game?

Consortium Against Terrorist Finance Oct. 20, 2016, 8:57am

Emails recently leaked by WikiLeaks suggest that U.S. authorities are fully aware of the extent of their long-standing Gulf partners’ double game – formally criminalizing terror financing while strategically sponsoring extremist and terrorist groups – and seem determined to deal with it primarily through soft power strategies.

EU Leaders Push for Sanctions against Russia in Brussels

CATF Reports Oct. 21, 2016, 9:22am

Russia’s involvement in the Syrian war has dominated EU discussions in Brussels. Determined to curb Russia’s actions, EU leaders have turned to the threat of targeted sanctions.

Journalist’s Controversial Story Highlights Rifts over Pakistan’s Support for Terrorists

Consortium Against Terrorist Finance Oct. 25, 2016, 3:24pm

While his article led him to be temporarily banned from leaving Pakistan, Cyril Almeida advanced a crucial debate on a country caught between isolation and support for terrorism.

A New Espionage Law Polarizes the Bundestag

CATF Reports Oct. 26, 2016, 9:48am

Last Friday, October 21, the German parliament approved a much debated bill that broadens the powers of the Federal Intelligence Service while introducing long-awaited mechanisms that allow closer scrutiny.

The Irony of the U.S. Treasury’s Appreciation for Qatar’s Efforts

Consortium Against Terrorist Finance Oct. 27, 2016, 4:03pm

After Clinton’s leaked emails acknowledged Qatar’s clandestine financial and logistical support to extremist and terrorist groups in the Middle East, the U.S. Treasury publicly praised Qatar’s initiatives to counter terror financing during a formal meeting in the Gulf emirate.

Acting Under Secretary Adam Szubin on Treasury Mission to Counter Terrorism Financing

Consortium Against Terrorist Finance Oct. 31, 2016, 10:38am

Last week, Adam Szubin spoke at SAIS on the status of Treasury’s fight against terrorism finance and the challenges that remain.