Originally founded to combat money laundering, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) had its remit expanded in 2001 to monitor the funding of terrorism. At its most recent meeting in February, it took the commendable step of moving Iran from its “grey list” of states that deserve scrutiny to its “black list” of states that should be sanctioned for supporting terrorist groups. Noah Phillips writes that the facts that the Islamic Republic, which has systematically sponsored and participated in terrorism since its creation, had not already been on the black list, and that Pakistan—which has singlehandedly sustained the Taliban—remains on the grey demonstrates FATF’s ineffectiveness. And there are other offenders the body ignores entirely:
The Many Failures of the International Body That Monitors Terror Financing
The War in Yemen Isn’t about Local Grievances, but Iran’s Bid for Regional Dominance
In 2004, a group called Ansar Allah—also known as the Houthis, after the tribe that dominates the movement—launched an insurgency against the government of Yemen, and in 2014 seized the capital city of Sanaa. Since then, a bloody civil war has engulfed the country, with Iran backing the Houthis and Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and (until recently) the U.S. backing their opponents.