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More Evidence of the Criminal-Terrorist Nexus
By Douglas Farah
Those who are skeptical of the growing ties between drug trafficking organizations and terrorist groups-which I think will be the real war we will be fighting for many years, given the resources obtainable by drug trafficking organizations-should read the latest UN Office of Drugs and Crime report.
Among the many interesting findings is that the two areas of greatest increase in illicit production of drugs in the world are in the hands of designated terrorist groups: the Taliban in Afghanistan and the FARC in Colombia.
A third party involved in the expansion of drug production is Burma, a rogue criminal state. This bodes ill for the rest of the world.
As Antonio Maria Costa, director of the agency, told the AP:
"The explosion of narcotics in those areas is explained by their presence (the terrorist groups) and the protection they offer," Costa told The Associated Press in an interview Wednesday.
"I believe that slowly these people, although politically motivated at the beginning, are becoming a kind of organized crime," he said. "Money tends to stick to fingers, and a big lump of money becomes very problematic."
The numbers should alarm policy makers and the intelligence and law enforcement communities. My full blog is here.
What do they spend the money on?
Al-Qaeda's Growing Online Offensive
from the propaganda-made-easier dept.
al Qaeda hacking their own, for $$$
How to break the DRUGS/ TERROR connection.