International Counterterrorism Mechanisms News

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?

Belgium’s Fractured Counterterrorism Enterprise: Can it be Fixed?

CATF Reports Mar. 31, 2016, 1:07pm

Workable recommendations for improved counterterrorism policy in Belgium need to address the current level of counterproductive political decentralization.

Brussels Attacks: Can U.S. Intelligence Sharing Program Identify Terrorists?

CATF Reports Mar. 22, 2016, 5:03pm

An example of optimum law enforcement cooperation – the experience of the Arizona Anti-Money Laundering Alliance – teaches an interesting lesson in light of the needed improvement of Belgian security processes and of an increasingly necessary private-public cooperation.

Can the U.S. Rely on Iraqi Kurdistan to Triumph over ISIS?

CATF Reports Mar. 16, 2016, 10:35am

The Kurdish regional government has proven to be fully loyal to U.S. interests, but there are troubling downside elements to the Kurds’ oil-based independence.

All About The Benjamins: Big Bills and Terror Finance

CATF Reports Mar. 3, 2016, 6:17pm

A Harvard Kennedy School study reflects on the importance of eliminating high currency bills in an effort to fight terror finance.

Identity Fraud Magnifies Terrorist Threat

CATF Reports Jan. 28, 2016, 1:25pm

The problem of passport fraud tied to terrorism is not new, but so far, enforcement agencies’ efforts to counter it were primarily focused on targeting key links in the false document cottage industry chain, starting with organized printing of raw documents and the warehousing of counterfeit inventories.

Obscure Bank Regulatory Consortium Packs a Counterror Punch

CATF Reports Jan. 12, 2016, 11:28am

By promoting and ensuring the counterterrorism integrity of the U.S. financial system, FFIEC continues to execute its mission to a degree unparalleled by higher profile government initiatives.

Can Asset Forfeiture Rein in Terrorist Finance?

CATF Reports Dec. 23, 2015, 3:38pm

Stopping terrorist finance requires a strategy that is both top down and bottom up.

Funding the Free Syria Army: A Militia by Any Other Name Would Smell Better

CATF Reports Dec. 21, 2015, 3:41pm

The name “Free Syrian Army” has become a portmanteau used by multiple groups in ways that often serve conflicting foreign political agendas. More accurate information and transparency is necessary to prevent unintentional terrorism financing in Syria.

Military Forces Take on Terrorist Finance

CATF Reports Dec. 15, 2015, 4:39pm

The implications of growing U.S. military concern over terrorist finance are clear: all forms of financial support to terrorism threaten U.S. military goals and thus represent legitimate intelligence concerns.

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.

White House Strategy Targets Financial Dimension of Transnational Organized Crime

CATF Reports Nov. 25, 2015, 10:41am

The marriage of advanced intelligence and investigative resources should reconstitute U.S. counternarcotics and counterterrorism efforts toward far greater impact.

Try This Strategy for Detecting Lone Wolf Terrorists!

CATF Reports Nov. 19, 2015, 10:29am

The Paris and Texas terrorists were in the database as having sent or received small money transfers prior to their violent strikes. It is time for the state and local police to start querying regularly the range of information sources to detect possible patterns of suspicious fund transfers.

Treasury Department’s Intelligence Office Fights Terrorist Finance

CATF Reports Nov. 17, 2015, 10:39am

As U.S. and allied preoccupation with ISIL grows more intense in coming weeks, the OIA role will rise to a top national security priority.

Supreme Court to Hear Iranian Objections to Terror Victims’ Compensation

CATF Reports Oct. 21, 2015, 10:23am

The Supreme Court has agreed, over the objections of the Obama Administration, to hear an appeal by the Iranian Central Bank to both lower court rulings and Congressional legislation awarding Iranian assets frozen in U.S. banks to American terror victims as compensation.

Our Southwest Border: Weaknesses Invite Currency Smuggling and Electronic Money Transfers

CATF Reports Oct. 15, 2015, 5:18pm

U.S. enforcement machinery for combating drug trafficking and money laundering holds enormous potential for combating terrorist fundraising that rests on exploiting U.S. border control and funds transfer vulnerabilities.

Financial Intelligence Units (FIUs) Fight Terrorism Worldwide

CATF Reports Oct. 1, 2015, 12:59pm

The Egmont Group has adapted its strategies to combat the growing threat of terrorist financing in addition to being crucial in countering traditional financial crimes.

UK Getting Serious about Cracking Down on Terrorists' Money Launderers?

CATF Reports Sep. 29, 2015, 12:53pm

Documents leaked last week show how the UK Home Office is planning to implement a counter-terrorism bill that is currently before Parliament, including the banning from leadership positions in organizations with charity status anyone who meets the government's definition of extremist.

Costly Cash Curbs Casualties

CATF Reports Sep. 11, 2015, 2:39pm

The Economist is calling for changes in anti-money laundering regulations to make it easier for workers in the developed world to send remittances to poorer countries. This is a noble cause but a dangerous way of implementing it that will make it easier for terror organizations to move funds around the world.

Should QIB be judged by the company it keeps?

CATF Reports Sep. 10, 2015, 4:44pm

Qatar Islamic Bank’s financial performance has been strong over the last two years. Yet the bank has extensive track record of questionable connections and activities.