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Antiterrorist Financing

Antiterrorist financing measures involve efforts to monitor and thwart the flow of funds to known and suspected terrorist organizations. The money on which terrorists rely for the day-to-day operations of their organizations and to orchestrate violent attacks may come from any number of sources. In some cases, funds are channeled to terrorist organizations from legitimate business ventures, such as taxi companies and charitable organizations; in other cases, terrorists receive their funds from illegitimate activities, such as drug trafficking. Countries including the United States and the United Kingdom, which tend to drive global norms in the field of antiterrorist financing, view the interception of money flowing to dangerous terrorist groups as among their highest law-enforcement and national security priorities.

Terrorist organizations often use complex, transnational networks ...

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