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Trump’s Principles Challenged over the Future of JASTA

CATF Reports Apr. 27, 2017, 1:19pm

The future of JASTA appears uncertain as President Trump will look to balance campaign promises with growing geopolitical concerns.

Qatar and Iran’s Struggling Swap Deal in Syria

CATF Reports Apr. 21, 2017, 12:08pm

The suicide attack that killed 126 evacuees outside Aleppo last weekend calls into question the effectiveness of the exchange deal brokered by Qatar and Iran.

Georgetown in Qatar Hosts Man Convicted of Palestinian Islamic Jihad Support

CATF Reports Apr. 6, 2017, 1:58pm

Last week, Georgetown’s satellite campus in Qatar hosted Sami Al-Arian, a controversial former college professor with widely documented ties to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group.

Humanitarian Aid Comes With Strings Attached in Gaza

CATF Reports Mar. 24, 2017, 1:13pm

This week Muhammad Murtaja, the director of the Gaza branch of a major Turkish charity, was put on trial by Israeli authorities on charges of misappropriation of humanitarian aid for terror financing purposes.

Qatar Invests Heavily in Russia in Hopes of Burying Tensions over Terror-Financing

CATF Reports Mar. 17, 2017, 12:34pm

Recently, Qatar has invested billions of dollars in Russia in an effort to strike a delicate balance in its foreign policy, buy leverage with an increasingly important power in the region, and cover up tensions between the two countries over Doha’s history of funding terrorists.

Online Shopping for Crime Services? EU Highlights Expanding Market through Darknet

CATF Reports Mar. 17, 2017, 10:05am

The EU’s 2017 Serious and Organised Crime Threat Assessement report underscores the evolving crime-as-a-service market through the Darknet, an anonymous platform within the deep web.

Qatar and Turkey Seek New, Nonmilitary Paths for Influence in Syria

CATF Reports Mar. 9, 2017, 12:44pm

As the Assad regime consolidates its power in Syria with the help of its foreign backers, Turkey and Qatar seek new methods of gaining influence in the country.

Hamas Appointment of Hardliner Leader in Gaza Could Alter Regional Balance

CATF Reports Mar. 2, 2017, 11:50am

The appointment of militant hardliner Yahya Sinwar as Hamas leader of Gaza and the group’s coordination with ISIS could disrupt the delicate balance of Hamas’ regional supporters.

The Debate Continues: The Best Counterterrorism Approach in Syria Moving Forward

CATF Reports Feb. 21, 2017, 11:55am

In last week’s U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs hearing about U.S. counterterrorism strategies in Syria, experts weighed in on several approaches to counterterrorism in war-torn Syria.

How ‘Lone’ Are Lone Wolves?

CATF Reports Feb. 9, 2017, 4:10pm

Hindsight examination of lone wolf attacks exposes a greater level of Islamic State orchestration than was originally grasped.

Qatar’s Darfur Initiative Expands Doha’s Strategy but Fails on Peace

CATF Reports Feb. 1, 2017, 2:20pm

Qatar has attempted to act as the primary mediator in negotiations over the future of Darfur, but previous cases point to a country with intentions of playing a role far larger than regional peacemaking.

The Terrorist Designation of the Muslim Brotherhood Cannot Be Dismissed on Ideological Grounds

CATF Reports Jan. 31, 2017, 10:15am

Designating the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization appears to be on the agenda for the Trump administration’s first weeks in office. A preliminary investigation by the U.S. State Department could offer a valuable opportunity for a thorough and fresh look into the Muslim Brotherhood’s network and illicit activities in the U.S.

Russia Sets its Political Expansion Sights on Libya

CATF Reports Jan. 26, 2017, 2:52pm

Russia’s recent meeting with the head of the Libyan National Army is a symbolic precursor to Moscow’s ongoing expansion into the Mediterranean.

Amid Mounting Pressure, Qatar and Turkey Keep the Lights on for Hamas

CATF Reports Jan. 19, 2017, 12:16pm

While Iran has provided overt military support to Hamas, Qatar, and to a lesser extent Turkey, have quietly shielded the group from some of its most pressing challenges.

Terrorists’ Exploitation of Charities at an All Time High in the UK

CATF Reports Jan. 12, 2017, 1:00pm

The UK Charity Commission urges terrorist abuse is the most potentially deadly threat facing charities and has nearly tripled in the past three years.

Qatar Opens its Coffers in Search of Global Influence and Strong Military

CATF Reports Jan. 11, 2017, 2:54pm

Qatar has invested heavily in the U.S., Turkey, Russia and elsewhere in an effort to buy influence far from the battlefields of the Middle Eastern conflicts.

Clipping Cham’s Wings: U.S. Applies Sanctions to Assad’s Airliner

CATF Reports Jan. 3, 2017, 11:12am

The U.S. Department of Treasury recently applied sanctions to Syrian airliner Cham Wings for propping up Bashar al-Assad’s corrupt war efforts.

The Most Read CATF Stories of 2016

CATF Reports Dec. 29, 2016, 1:43pm

As 2016 draws to a close we take a look back at our most popular articles this year.

Reported Leaked German Intelligence Report Links Saudi, Qatar, and Kuwait to Spread of Extremist Groups in Germany

CATF Reports Dec. 29, 2016, 12:56pm

Reports have emerged over the leak of a brief prepared by Germany’s most powerful intelligence agencies on the spread of extremist groups and ideologies through Gulf-linked NGOs.

Could a Database Help Connect the Dots of ISIS’ Illicit Oil Trade?

CATF Reports Dec. 27, 2016, 10:00am

The creation of a database with oil samples indicative of specific minefields could help further loosen ISIS’ lingering grip on its illicit trafficking enterprise.