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Terrorism Financing Operations Section

Terrorist Financing Operations Section

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The Terrorism Financing Operations Section (TFOS) coordinates efforts to track and shut down terrorist financing and to exploit financial information in an effort to identify previously unknown terrorist cells and to recognize potential activity/planning. TFOS builds on the FBI’s expertise in conducting complex criminal financial investigations and long-established relationships with the financial services sector. Through this effort, the FBI has made tremendous progress in tracking and freezing terrorists’ assets.

The work of TFOS includes conducting full financial analysis of terrorist suspects and their financial support structures in the United States and abroad; coordinating joint participation, liaison, and outreach efforts to appropriately utilize financial information resources of private sector, government, and foreign entities; utilizing FBI and legal attaché expertise to fully exploit financial information from international law enforcement, including the overseas deployment of TFOS personnel; working jointly with the intelligence community to fully exploit intelligence to further terrorist investigations; working jointly with prosecutors, law enforcement, and regulatory communities; and developing predictive models and conducting data analysis to facilitate the identification of previously unknown terrorist suspects.

For more information:
- Terror Financing: Tracking the Money Trails (July 2013)
- Testimony on TFOS (September 2011)
- Terrorist Financing: The Criminal Underpinnings
- Executive speech (October 2007)