ISIS Funding News

IN THE NEWS: A New ISIS-Mafia Axis for Drug Smuggling

CATF Reports Apr. 19, 2016, 3:52pm

Italian top prosecutor reveals that ISIS and the Italian mafia are cooperating to smuggle hashish into Europe.

IN THE NEWS: Assad-ISIS Partnership to Provide Drinking Water in Raqqa

CATF Reports Apr. 15, 2016, 2:33pm

In Raqqa, ISIS is allegedly collecting taxes and taking credit for administering water facilities “staffed and paid” for by the Syrian government.

Countering ISIS Attacks: Placing Science Before Good Faith

CATF Reports Apr. 1, 2016, 4:23pm

TATP, recently discovered in the ISIS attacks on Paris and Brussels, has been used by terrorists since the 1990s. Why is the explosive compound still so easy to assemble and impossible to detect?

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.

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.

Financing ISIS: Time to “Think Globally, Act Locally”

CATF Reports Feb. 22, 2016, 4:09pm

Current efforts to fight ISIS focus too much on the global at the expense of the local.

Ideological Foes, Economic Bedfellows: Russia’s Holistic Support for ISIS

CATF Reports Feb. 18, 2016, 5:03pm

Russian engineers are working in Tuweinan, Syria’s largest gas facility currently under ISIS-control. How much does ISIS actually benefit from Russian presence in Syria?

US Military Attacks Terrorist Cash...Literally

CATF Reports Jan. 20, 2016, 3:05pm

On January 12, CENTCOM announced aerial bombardment of a targeted ISIL cash distribution compound in Mosul, Iraq, a major center in the extremist caliphate’s administrative command and control apparatus.

Uncomfortable Truths from the Deirezzor Province: the Assad-ISIS Axis for Oil

CATF Reports Dec. 28, 2015, 1:28pm

In the border province of Deirezzor, Syria, ISIS has proven an extraordinarily resilient political actor, capable of building an unprecedentedly solid administrative apparatus based on political partnerships with state and non-state actors. A new study shows irrefutable evidence that ISIS has long cooperated with the Assad regime mostly through a company owned by a businessman who manages most of Bashar al-Assad’s oil dealings.

Who’s Fighting the Growing Threat of Terrorism in South America?

CATF Reports Dec. 9, 2015, 10:38am

With the growth of illegal commerce in the Tri Border region, perhaps the next question is whether ISIS/ISIL has plans to exploit the anti-U.S. climate there and begin to build foundation for launching extremist actions against the U.S.

ISIL Toyota Purchases: How Did They Do It?

CATF Reports Nov. 9, 2015, 4:53pm

There seems to be as much reason to believe ISIL remains in a viable position to make lucrative purchases as there is to persuade oneself that U.S. and allied counterterrorism campaigns are making them cash poor.

How ISIS and al-Qaeda Finance Themselves

CATF Reports Sep. 22, 2015, 1:54pm

ISIS and al-Qaeda fundraising strategies and methods differ both in degree and kind. A comparison between the two cannot disregard a fundamental difference in their ultimate goal.

Qatar Charity, Pioneer and Master of Terror Finance

CATF Reports Aug. 19, 2015, 12:57pm

Despite its noteworthy humanitarian achievements, Qatar Charity’s reputation as a “terrorism supporting entity” is well deserved.

From Pied-à-Terre to Persecutor: Turkey’s Unconvincing History with ISIS

CATF Reports Aug. 13, 2015, 3:18pm

By aligning with the U.S., Turkey is seeking a more aggressive role against ISIS. This comes as a startling reversal in Turkey’s strategy towards ISIS, whose presence and activities on Turkish national territory has been tolerated by the country for years.