The US Department of the Treasury has sanctioned two individuals involved in money transfers to ISIL members. Syria-based dual US-Trinidadian national Emraan Ali served as a financial facilitator for ISIL members. He received funds from Trinidad and distributed them to Trinidadian ISIL fighters. Some of those funds appear to have originated with Eddie Aleong, a Trinidad-based […]

Waleed Ahmed Zein has been designated by the US Treasury for his role in financial facilitation for ISIL. Zein developed an international financial network to facilitate funds transfers for ISIL. He used hawalas and intermediaries to conduct and obscure the transactions. His network had links into Europe, the Middle East, Americas, and East Africa. Between […]

A suspected Dutch jihadist affiliated with ISIL, known only has “Mohammed G”, is believed to have been involved in the kidnapping of a British couple in South Africa.  Mohammed tried to use the woman’s credit card in an attempt to buy Bitcoin.  Mohammed was part of a cell of other individuals who wanted to raise […]

Assets owned by the Barakat clan have been frozen by Argentina following suspicious transaction reporting from Casino Iguazu.  The Argentinian casino reported that individuals would convert cash into chips and back again. The Barakat clan is believed to have crossed into Argentina from Brazil for the purposes of laundering their money through the Casino in […]

A website dedicated to funding ‘jihadi projects’ has launched on the dark web. The website, which is essentially a crowdfunding website that receives donations through cryptocurrencies and is housed on the dark web, allows individuals to contribute to specific projects and buy material and equipment for ‘jihadis’.  Donors provide funds through three cryptocurrencies: Bitcoin, Monero, […]

Samantha Elhassani aka Samantha Sally was charged on 22 August 2018 with providing material support to the Islamic State. She is alleged to have provided material support to the Islamic State between fall 2014 and summer 2015 by acquiring tactical gear for the group and providing funds for two individuals who joined the Islamic State. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]