TITLE

Multibillion $ illicit drugs sales fuel terror offensive

AUTHOR(S)
Blanche, Ed
PUB. DATE
November 2004
SOURCE
Middle East;Nov2004, Issue 350, p46
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article reports on illicit drugs trade and terrorism. Evidence that the international drugs trade is largely funding world terrorism is persuasive. However, though some small successes have been achieved, the solution to either or both problems remains evasive. In January 2002, more than 130 people, most of them of Middle Eastern origin, were arrested in a sweep that smashed a methamphetamine ring in the U.S. Midwest. Antonio Maria Costa, executive director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, said in May that proceeds from opium, the base for heroin, produced in Afghanistan are a prime source of funding for terrorism and called on US-led coalition forces fighting the Taliban and Al Qaeda forces to help combat the growing narcotics problem that is impeding government efforts to restore stability in the country.
ACCESSION #
14933891

 

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