International Counterterrorism Mechanisms News

What’s Behind Ash Carter’s Decision that Costs Pakistan $300 Million in Security Aid

CATF Reports Aug. 31, 2016, 10:04am

U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter has not certified to Congress that Pakistan has taken sufficient action against the Haqqani network, a move that will cost Pakistan $300 million in U.S. military reimbursements.

Russia Walks a Fine Line in Its Relations with Iran and Turkey

CATF Reports Aug. 30, 2016, 1:46pm

Russia loses unprecedented access to an Iranian airbase as it seeks military support from Turkey in an effort to further expand its influence and role in the Middle East.

Libya, Qatar Seeking Influence in U.S. Schools

CATF Reports Aug. 29, 2016, 10:41am

Amid global suspicion of traditional channels of exerting influence, Qatar and Libya have recently turned to U.S. schools as a new channel to get their message out.

Egypt: International Community to Rise Against Qatar-Sponsored Cleric

CATF Reports Aug. 25, 2016, 3:15pm

In a piece posted by the Wall Street Journal on August 23, Egypt’s Ambassador to the United States Yasser Reda urged the international community to demand stricter compliance to counterterrorism resolutions in order to protect societies from opinions promoting terrorism, such as Doha-based Yusuf al-Qaradawi’s.

Capping Cash Transfers in West Africa

CATF Reports Aug. 23, 2016, 3:33pm

West Africa is considering limiting cash transfers to combat terrorism and money laundering in the region.

Is Southeast Asia the New Terror Financing Hotspot?

CATF Reports Aug. 18, 2016, 9:01am

Bali counter-terrorism summit reports that terrorist groups are transferring significant funds into Southeast Asian countries.

Yemen Turns to IMF in Unlikely Move

CATF Reports Aug. 16, 2016, 3:22pm

Yemen’s government has appealed to the IMF to help weaken Houthi control over the Sana’a-based central bank.

Investigations Shed Light On Bangladesh Attacks’ Masterminds and Financiers

CATF Reports Aug. 9, 2016, 2:40pm

Bangladeshi authorities have detained two alleged masterminds of the Gulshan and Sholakia attacks and have identified five top financiers of the homegrown terrorist group which is believed to be behind both terrorist operations.

The EU Commission Targets Transparency and Virtual Currencies in Fight Against Terror Financing

CATF Reports Jul. 21, 2016, 8:52am

The EU Commission adopts proposed amendments to its Fourth Anti-Money Laundering directive to target terror financing.

The Horror of a New Carnage

CATF Reports Jul. 15, 2016, 3:11pm

Yesterday the crowd gathered in Nice for Bastille Day celebrations was hit by a lone-wolf terrorist, Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhel, a 31-year-old French citizen of Tunisian descent showing no signs of radicalization.

Lebanese Banks Cannot Afford “Banking Prudence”

CATF Reports Jul. 15, 2016, 11:01am

The implementation of the US “Hizballah International Financial Prevention Act” (HIFPA) crossed a red line in Lebanon and left little hope for compromise between the Lebanese banking system and Hezbollah in the country, at least in the short term.

Senators Casey and Isakson Introduce Uncertain Bill on Combating Terrorism Financiers

CATF Reports Jul. 13, 2016, 4:04pm

Senator Casey and Isakson hope to give the White House additional powers to combat terrorism financiers through a newly proposed STORM bill but the legislation introduces important questions regarding U.S. policy.

Death by U.S. Drones, New Data To Be Released

CATF Reports Jun. 30, 2016, 8:52am

The U.S. will release official estimates of civilian deaths caused by drone strikes but the expected announcement of 100 deaths is far lower than most independent estimates.

Turkey Hit Again

CATF Reports Jun. 29, 2016, 2:49pm

Yesterday’s terrorist attack at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport is expected to induce Turkey to embrace a more aggressive approach against ISIS both in Syria and within its own borders.

Increased Airport Security vs French Labor Laws

CATF Reports Jun. 7, 2016, 3:36pm

By preventing employees from keeping racial, ethnic, and religious records on their employers on file, French labor laws tend to interfere with the implementation of increased security measures at airports, especially over suspected radical ties.

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.”

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.

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: 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.

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.