Analysis & Commentary


17th August 2017 - Telemetro Panama

Telemetro Panama

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Especialista en financiación de grupos terroristas Emanuele Ottolenghi habla sobre Hezbolá en América Latina.

8th June 2017 - Quoted by Susan Crabtree - The Washington Free Beacon

Fmr Official: Obama Admin ‘Systematically Disbanded’ Units Investigating Iran’s Terrorism Financing

David Asher

The Obama administration "systematically disbanded" law enforcement investigative units across the federal government focused on disrupting Iranian, Syrian, and Venezuelan terrorism financing networks out of concern the work could cause friction with Iranian officials and scuttle the nuclear...

15th May 2017 - FDD's Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance

Terror Finance Briefing Book

Yaya J. Fanusie, Alex Entz

The Terror Finance Briefing Book is a new product of FDD’s Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance (CSIF) created to help policymakers better understand how terrorist groups fund their operations so that they may be targeted more effectively. This publication will compile financial...

14th February 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Terror Financiers “Operating Openly” in Qatar and Kuwait

David Andrew Weinberg

A White House readout following President Trump’s phone conversation Thursday with the emir of Qatar said the two leaders discussed stopping terror finance throughout the region. Washington has good reason to raise the issue: Just last week, the Obama administration’s Assistant Treasury...

18th January 2017 - FDD Press

Qatar and Terror Finance

David Andrew Weinberg

Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani abdicated as the emir of Qatar in June of 2013, making his son Tamim the youngest ruler in the Arab world. Hamad’s reign was characterized by persistent negligence toward local U.S.-designated funders of al-Qaeda, but some American officials have expressed hope...

15th December 2016 - Quoted by Leah McGrath Goodman - Newsweek

Bitcoin is Being Monitored by an Increasingly Wary U.S. Government

Yaya J. Fanusie

On a mountainous stretch along the Orange River between South Africa and Namibia lies a small town called Orania, a homeland founded in the 1990s by white nationalists who introduced their own currency, the ora—probably the only tender in the world created exclusively for whites.

14th September 2016 - Quoted by Guy Taylor - The Washington Times

U.S. expert sees gaps in halting terror financing, advises a crackdown

Juan Zarate

The Obama administration has dented the Islamic State’s money-making operations with airstrikes against the terror group’s oil-smuggling empire and blacklisting its known financial facilitators from the international banking system.

15th June 2016 - Quoted by Jessie Fox, Guy Taylor - The Washington Times

Boeing-Iran deal in jeopardy as concerns persist about Tehran’s terror links

Mark Dubowitz, Chip Poncy

Two former U.S. Treasury officials cast doubt Wednesday on the prospects of a highly touted deal between Iran and the American aerospace giant Boeing, claiming concerns about Iranian money laundering and terrorism financing activities are likely to scuttle the agreement.

14th June 2016 - Quoted by Donna Abu-Nasr - Bloomberg

In War and Now Finance, Losses Mount for Iranian Ally Hezbollah

Jonathan Schanzer

Iran may be emerging from the grip of western sanctions, but one of the most formidable militant groups it funds is paying the price.

3rd June 2016 - The Long War Journal

Analysis: State Department identifies Gulf shortcomings on counterterrorism efforts

David Andrew Weinberg

The State Department issued its annual Country Reports on Terrorism yesterday, and while the document was couched in diplomatic language, it identified significant areas in which counterterrorism efforts by America’s Gulf allies are coming up short. Indeed, Foggy Bottom implicitly or...

1st June 2016 - The Washington Times

Putting Hezbollah ‘out of business’

Jonathan Schanzer

“After many years of sanctions targeting Hezbollah, today the group is in its worst financial shape in decades,” stated Adam Szubin, the acting Treasury undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence before a congressional hearing last week. “And I can assure you that,...

19th May 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

IMF: Iran Must Stop Funding Terror, Money Laundering if It Wants to Join Global Economy

Mark Dubowitz

Iran’s failure to bring its money-laundering and terror finance laws into compliance with international standards has discouraged foreign banks from doing business with the country, according to a senior International Monetary Fund official.

10th May 2016 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Obama Admin Under Pressure for Lax Approach to Terror Financers

Jonathan Schanzer

The Obama administration is facing criticism over what some lawmakers say is an overly permissive attitude toward terrorism financing by foreign nations, according to new congressional communication obtained by the Washington Free Beacon that presses U.S. officials to hold these nations...

20th April 2016 - Fox News

Special Report with Bret Baier

Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director, Mark Dubowitz, joined Special Report with Bret Baier to talk about the recent Supreme Court Ruling on Bank Markazi v. Petersen, with which it upheld its decision to force Iran to pay nearly $2 billion to U.S. victims of Iranian sponsored terrorism.

13th April 2016 - Quoted by Matthew Rosenberg, Helene Cooper, and Nicholas Kulish - The New York Times

ISIS Expands Reach Despite Military and Financial Setbacks

Jonathan Schanzer

American airstrikes have killed 25,000 Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria and incinerated millions of dollars plundered by the militants, according to Pentagon officials.

29th March 2016 - The New York Times

Turkey Has Been Reckless, Repressive and Unreliable

Jonathan Schanzer

When then-Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan last visited Washington in 2013, he received the full “valued ally” treatment, including an appearance with President Obama in the White House Rose Garden.

23rd March 2016 - ITV

Exposure: Saudi Arabia Uncovered

David Andrew Weinberg

FDD senior fellow David Andrew Weinberg discusses terror finance in Saudi Arabia.

11th February 2016 - The Long War Journal

Treasury sanctions Islamic State oil and religious officials, facilitator in Gaza

Thomas Joscelyn

The US Treasury Department announced today that three Islamic State officials have been sanctioned for their role supporting the “caliphate’s” operations.

20th January 2016 - Quoted by Zack Beauchamp - Vox

Leaked ISIS document: we’re cutting fighter salaries in half

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Though the American media often portrays ISIS as an unstoppable, terrifying juggernaut, the truth is that the group is in real trouble, and is actually losing ground in its core Iraqi and Syrian holdings. A new leaked internal document suggests the pressure may be even worse than we thought....

20th January 2016 - Quoted by Michael Hernandez - Anadolu Agency

Sanctions removal likely to embolden Iran: experts

Jonathan Schanzer

An estimated $100 billion in sanctions relief will likely bolster Iran’s support for rogue groups in the region, according to experts. But the extent to which Tehran benefits from the economic relief is severely limited by global oil trends.

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