The US has designated several companies involved in helping North Korea evade sanctions and finance its WMD programs. Dalian Sun Moon Star International Logistics Trading Co. and its Singapore-based affiliate Sinsms Pte. Ltd are the subjects of new sanctions. They are reported to have used falsified shipping documents to facilitate the shopping of  alcohol, tobacco […]

A recent  report from Puntland indicates that an ISIL-aligned militant faction in Bosaso (Puntland) is raising a considerable sum of money through extortion activities. The militants are reported to be raising $72,000 per month by extorting funds from traders in the area. Extortion is a common tactic used by militant and extremist groups operating in […]

North Korea is believed to have illegally imported coal and iron into South Korea by transhipping it through Russia, according to recent reports. According to South Korea, approximately $6 million worth of coal and pig iron illegally entered their ports last year from North Korea, potentially in violation of UN sanctions. Three local companies were […]

The Canada Revenue Agency has stripped the Ottawa Islamic Centre and Assalam Mosque of its charitable status for “activities that promote hate and intolerance” after audits raised concerns about some of the speakers the centre had invited.  According to the CRA, one of the speakers has called women “deficient”, said that “Christians and Jews were […]

This fall, the trial of Awso Peshdary will resume in Ottawa. The terrorism trial, a rarity in Canada, will focus on Peshdary’s alleged role in recruiting, financing, and facilitating terrorism. Awso Peshdary first came to the attention of law enforcement during the 2010 investigation of  a bomb plot involving Hiva Alizadeh, Khurram Sher, and Misbahudding […]

The Russian intelligence officers accused of hacking in the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign used bitcoin to finance their operations. The hackers used more than $95,000 to purchase computer servers, register website domains and pay for other “unspecified hacking activities”.  They used some of their bitcoins to pay for the registration […]

A procurement network operated by the Islamic State used a number of front companies to procure the drones and other material. At one point, the Islamic State was spending ‘thousands of dollars a month’ on drone equipment. Around 50 commercial entities from 20 countries were involved in the supply chain of components used to construct improvised explosive […]

An Irish man has been jailed for terrorist financing offences. In January, he admitted to providing €400 to an individual in Bosnia-Herzegovina ultimately intended for the Islamic State. The funds were sent using a Western Union money transfer. Analysis: While sending funds to a financial facilitator in Bosnia-Herzegovina may seem circuitous in terms of getting money to the […]

Israel has arrested a woman for allegedly smuggling money to Hamas. The woman, a Turkish national, was arrested at the airport in Tel Aviv on her way back to Turkey. The report provided few details about how the woman smuggled the money. It is possible that she brought  cash with her when she flew into […]

The PKK is believed to be using Europe as a base of logistics and weapons procurement, according to the Europol 2018 report on terrorism. The PKK has also raised money through drug trafficking, migrant smuggling, human trafficking, fuel and cigarette smuggling, extortion, kidnapping for ransom, and money laundering. The organization is also reported to use […]

The UK’s National Terrorist Financial Investigation Unit, a part of the Metropolitan Police’s Counter Terrorism Command, has successfully prosecuted a woman for terrorist financing offences. Officers traced a payment of £1,500 made in January 2015 to Khranjit Nijjer’s husband, a suspected fighter with ISIL in Syria. The investigators were able to find evidence that she was […]

According to a recent report, terrorist groups including Al Qaeda and ISIL are increasingly turning to Bitcoin to finance their activities. The authors cite several examples, including: The tech talk section of Al-Haqiqa, a pro-Al Qaeda English-language magazine, released in February 2018, examined the permissibility of using Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies to fund their activities; […]

Global Witness reports that the Islamic State in Khorasan Province (ISKP) may be profiting from mining activities in Afghanistan. The report provides an overview of the possible extractive activities that ISKP may be engaging in in Afghanistan, primarily mining of talc, chromite, precious and semi-precious stones, tourmaline, and possibly emeralds. Prior to being taken over […]

In order to combat a significant source of Taliban funds, the US has undertaken 9 months of airstrikes against opium production sites in Afghanistan. The Taliban is believed to earn hundreds of millions of dollars every year in the opium trade, accounting for approximately 60% of the group’s revenues. According to US sources, to date, […]

Effectively implementing sanctions against North Korea has been a difficult proposition. Despite sanctions, North Korea continues to raise foreign exchange to pay for imports from China. Part of the reason for this difficulty is that the country’s trade and finance networks operate unofficially, largely outside the detection capabilities of regulators, which in turn is partly due to […]