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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.

Funding Al Nusra Through Ransom: Qatar and the Myth of “Humanitarian Principle”

CATF Reports Dec. 10, 2015, 4:46pm

Since at least 2013, Qatar has financed Jabhat al-Nusra by paying hundreds of million dollars in return for hostages.

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.

Dangerous Intersection: Commodities Trade Meets Money Laundering 

CATF Reports Dec. 4, 2015, 2:04pm

Trade Based Money Laundering (TBML) constitutes an important channel of criminal activity and an increasingly important money laundering and terrorist financing vulnerability.

Qatar&Barclays' Big Game Hunting Leads to FCA Penalties

CATF Reports Dec. 2, 2015, 10:00am

On November 26, 2015 the FCA fined Barclays £72m for failure to oversee Barclays’ handling of the financial crime risks related to suspicious business dealings with Qatar.

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.

Getting By With A Little Help From Our Friends

CATF Reports Nov. 23, 2015, 4:06pm

Qatar is the only country in the GCC that has failed to hold trials against any of their local nationals currently under U.S. and U.N. sanctions for financing terrorism. Yet, when questioned about their complicity in financing terror, Qatar claims that they’ve been helping.

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.

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.

Cruz’s Bill Brings the Muslim Brotherhood’s Terror Finance Links Back into the Spotlight

CATF Reports Nov. 5, 2015, 5:21pm

The bill filed by Cruz and Diaz-Balart for the designation of the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist entity refocuses public attention on the Muslim Brotherhood’s network and illicit activities in the U.S.

Does UNRWA condone terrorism?

CATF Reports Nov. 4, 2015, 12:31pm

The head of UNRWA which focuses on assisting Palestinian Refugees addressed a British charity that is a U.S. Government Specially Designated Global Terror organization for the role it plays in financing Hamas.

The Holy Land Foundation: Terrorist Finance Trendsetter

CATF Reports Oct. 28, 2015, 6:07pm

Important lessons have been learnt from the Holy Land Foundation's history.

Is Iranian Money Backing the “Stabbing Intifada”?

CATF Reports Oct. 22, 2015, 4:08pm

As Palestinian attacks against Israelis continue in Israel and the West Bank, questions are mounting about whether or not there is any central organization as with past uprisings. In the meantime Iranian backed groups Islamic Jihad, Hamas and Hezbollah are all getting involved to varying degrees.

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.

Is Gaza Reconstruction Aid Rearming Hamas?

CATF Reports Oct. 6, 2015, 4:07pm

Late last month Israeli officials intercepted enough sulfuric acid to build three tons of explosives being smuggled into the Gaza strip labeled as paint thinner in a shipment of construction materials.

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.

The State of Rampant Corruption and its Banks

CATF Reports Sep. 25, 2015, 4:44pm

Do Qatari banks uphold international anti-corruption standards?