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The financing of terrorist activities through illegal drug trafficking
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Narco-terrorists have established routes through West Africa to emerging markets in the region and Asia.
The Humala administration more than doubled its counternarcotics budget from the previous year (from an estimated $102 million in 2011 to $220 million in 2012), which has already resulted in increases in the seizure of precursor chemicals and drugs, as well as the capture or death of several high-profile narco-terrorists. Of this amount, the government approved $48 million to support three programs within its counternarcotics policy agency, DEVIDA ("National Commission for Development and Life Without Drugs"), including alternative development ($27 million), drug supply control ($12.8 million), and drug abuse prevention and rehabilitation ($8.2 million).
(1) Likewise, the prosecutions of Khan Mohammed, (2) Haji Juma Khan, (3) and many others confirm the strong narco-terrorist connection.
Small towns and rural areas of Colombia can still be extremely dangerous due to the presence of narco-terrorists. While the Embassy possesses no information concerning specific and credible threats against U.S.
The ancillary effect of Pastrana's policy was to tacitly grant an aura of legitimacy to the narco-terrorists.
Department of the Treasury, "Treasury Takes Action Against FARC/AUC Narco-Terrorist Leaders in Continued Effort to Halt Narcotics Trafficking," press release, February 19, 2004.
During the same month, the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced the arrest of three men whose statements under interrogation appeared to prove a working relationship between Colombia's narco-terrorist insurgency, the FARC, and AQIM.
It has been created both by "sovereign states" and non-governmental entities like narco-terrorist organizations, criminal networks operating under religious banners and simple, but sizeable and vicious bandit gangs.
When Latin America is discussed in this context, the focus and most of the funding goes to Colombia and its war on narco-terrorist rebels.
In the early 1980s the perpetrator was embellished as a "narcoguerilla" by Reagan ambassador to Colombia Louis Tambs, and in 1986 as a "narco-terrorist" by a prophetic Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs Elliot Abrams.
He argues in a landmark discussion paper published by the Royal Institute of International Affairs in London that 'the most probable outcome (of the conflict) is the emergence of a narco-terrorist state along the lines of Colombia'.