Look for further expansion of the war against the proxy fighters of Iran … not just Hamas, Hezbullah, al-Qaeda, but these Narco-Terrorists are operating in other geographic areas. Counter-terrorism officials in Europe and the U. S. fear that the Sahara is fast becoming a safe haven for the activities of Islamic terrorists – in Somalia and Yemen.
U.K.’s Telegraph, features a story confirming what anti-drug activists have stated over the last ½ decade – that South American drug gangs funding al-Qaeda terrorists South American drugs gangs are providing millions of pounds for al-Qaeda terrorists by paying them to ensure the safe passage of cocaine across north Africa and towards Europe. In return, al-Qaeda is also providing weapons including IED’s to be used against enemies of the Cartels, be it American or Mexican.
Robin Yapp in Sao Paulo 4:31PM GMT 29 Dec 2010 wrote that Islamic rebels familiar with the barren terrain of the Sahara have struck deals under which they provide armed security escorts for drug traffickers in return for a slice of their profits. Counter-terrorism experts said that the terrorists belong to the Al-Qaeda in the Islamic
Maghreb (AQIM) group, have killed tourists and also threatened journalists and anti-drug activists who’ve exposed this connection.
They warned that the money they receive from drugs gangs could be used to attract mercenaries – new recruits and plan terrorist attacks on European cities. Olivier Guitta, a counter-terrorism and foreign affairs consultant, said that the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the Marxist rebel group, was the “force behind the agreement with AQIM”.
In the past drugs were flown or shipped from South America straight to Spain or Portugal but the introduction of more rigorous controls in those countries led FARC to change its way of operating.
AQIM first emerged under a different name as an Islamic resistance group opposed to Algeria’s secular government in the early 1990s and was behind numerous suicide bombings and ambushes.
It declared allegiance to al-Qaeda as early as 2003 and Ayman al-Zawahiri, the terrorist network’s second in command, officially approved the tactic.