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Terrorism thriving on drug trade in Libya

Sunday 09/January/2022 - 07:56 PM
The Reference
Ahmed Adel

Relations between terrorism and drugs have assumed a utilitarian form, on which extremist groups build one of their financial sources to survive.

This is especially true after the countries that used to bankroll terrorism reduced their financial support for fear of being exposed to more pressures.

This is evident in relations between ISIS and drug dealers in the Libyan city of Tripoli.

Libyan Attorney General, al-Siddiq al-Sour, revealed recently relations between drug traffickers and terrorist groups, accusing both of money laundering.

This came in the light of the significant flow of contraband into the country.

Growing phenomenon

The Public Prosecutor met the heads of the Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances Control Agency, the Inspection Unit for the Work of Judicial Police Officers, and the Information and Communications Affairs Control Department to discuss means of protecting Libya against drug smuggling.

The attorney general stressed the need to strengthen efforts to reduce dangers in this regard to the Libyan society.

This came as a result of the growing phenomenon of trafficking in narcotics and psychotropic substances.

It also came as a result of the intensification of the negative effects of this smuggling resulting from it, and its repercussions on health and social aspects of life.

Al-Sour referred to reports that confirm the association of groups involved in the management of trafficking in narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances, with groups that commit money laundering and terrorist crimes.

Meanwhile, a report that was released by Egyptian group, Maat Institution for Human Rights, throws light on the strategy of ISIS in Libya.

Titled 'Terrorism Indicators in the Arab Region', the report confirms that ISIS looks for alternative positions in Libya.

It mentions the most prominent terrorist operations carried out by this terrorist organization in Libya.

The report also dwells on the most prominent factors that support its growing activity in this country.