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(2017-11)

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HARPOON

Samuel M. Katz, Nitsana Darshan-Leitner

Inside the Covert War Against Terrorism's Money Masters

This is a revelatory account of the cloak-and-dagger Israeli campaign to target the finances fueling terror organizations—an effort that became the blueprint for U.S. efforts to combat threats like ISIS and drug cartels.

ISIS brought in an estimated billion dollars of revenue in 2014 to finance its global horror show, most of it by looting Iraqi banks and oil resources. Yet international finance remains a neglected front on the global war against terrorism. With Israel's Harpoon program, that tide is turning. Created by legendary Mossad boss Meir Dagan in 1997, Harpoon was comprised of representatives from all of Israel's famed intelligence and security forces: Mossad, Shin Bet, A'man, the Israeli military intelligence service, the Israel Defense Force, the National Police, the customs service, and even Israel's version of the IRS. The mission of this task force—which answered solely to the Prime Minister and the Director of Mossad—was to combat terror financing around the world.

In the field, Harpoon worked alongside arms of the U.S. Government to disrupt and destroy global criminal enterprises, including Hamas, Hezbollah, Al Qaeda, and ISIS, that have developed and now rely upon lavish sources of revenue to plan and conduct a war of terror against civilian targets in the West, from Israel to Europe to the shores of the U.S. itself. The financial institutions that supported this bloody money-laundering were a multi-billion dollar worldwide enterprise.

Written by one of the lawyers involved in the effort and a bestselling author/journalist, HARPOON will tell the story of these innovative espionage operations to bankrupt the moneymen who pay for the worldwide slaughter of innocents. With Dagan's cooperation, the authors will reveal in a compulsively readable narrative the intricate maze of money channels that sustain Islamic terrorist groups throughout the world and bring to light the wide-ranging and daring operations to disrupt them.

Nitsana Darshan-Leitner is an Israeli activist and attorney. As the founder and director of the Israel Law Center, Shurat Ha'Din, based outside Tel Aviv, she has represented hundreds of terror victims in lawsuits.
Samuel M. Katz is the co-author of the New York Times bestseller Under Fire: The Untold Story of the Attack in Benghazi and author of The Ghost Warriors. He is based in New York.

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Comments

21. September 2017, quote
Harpoon taught the world that in order to undermine terror, you take away its money. This history of how Israel brought this new mindset to the front lines of the Global War on Terror is fast-paced and reads like a thriller.

Valerie Plame, former CIA officer and bestselling author

21. September 2017, quote
It's a cliché after Watergate that the key investigation in most circumstances is to 'follow the money' (in the words of Deep Throat). This is the story of how Mossad led this movement and substantially effected investigations of terrorism and similarly i

R. James Woolsey, CIA Director (1993-95)

21. September 2017, quote
The riveting and untold story of the intelligence task force that launched a dynamic new front in the war on terror. A thrill ride with one of the most important Israeli start-ups of them all.

Tamir Pardo, Director of the Mossad (2011-1016)

21. September 2017, quote
Money drives terrorism. If funding is cut, terrorism is reduced. A groundbreaking look at how spies, soldiers, statesmen, and lawyers waged a relentless campaign to dry up the financial streams that funded terrorism against Israel and the United States. A

Professor Alan Dershowitz, leading civil rights attorney

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