Selling Drugs to Fund Terror: Al Qaeda Linked to Cocaine Trafficking

Earlier this year DEA officials in prepared testimony noted that according to a 2007 U.S. government assessment intelligence officials estimated that between 180 and 240 metric tons of cocaine were transferred through transshipment routes in West Africa for Europe.

"The threat of narco-terrorism in Africa is a real concern, including the presence of international terrorist organizations operating or based in Africa, such as the regional threat presented by Al Qaeda in the Lands of the Maghreb (AQIM). In addition, DEA investigations have identified elements of Colombia's Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) as being involved in cocaine trafficking in West Africa."

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