Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Cocaine, kidnapping and the Al-Qaeda cash squeeze

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clipped from www.telegraph.co.uk
al Qaeda's new source of cash


Hit by a global crackdown on their wealthy financiers, Bin Laden's followers
have been forced to abandon their Koranic principles to pursue their holy
war.


The three al-Qaeda agents assured the Colombians that they would have no
problem moving their shipment of European-bound cocaine through the Islamist
badlands of the Sahara.


The trio, all from the impoverished desert nation of Mali, thought they were
setting up a deal with representatives of Colombia's Marxist FARC guerrillas
to smuggle up to 1,000 kgs of cocaine.


Anti-terrorism officials believe the case may prove a crucial landmark in the
battle against al-Qaeda: it is the first time that anyone linked to the
terror group has faced prosecution for its newest money-spinning activity,
narco-terrorism.


But in some regions al-Qaeda is still struggling to garner all the cash it
needs to operate as effectively as it would like.

Nonetheless, al-Qaeda still raises some funding from individuals and charities
in the Persian Gulf
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