“We know Isis has a very commercial eye. They need to raise revenue, so I would certainly say it’s a distinct possibility that Isis may be involved in sending migrants to southern Europe.”
Tim Morris — Executive director of police services at Interpol
Anti-mafia prosecutors in Italy are investigating the possibility that Cosa Nostra is supplying assault weapons to Islamist extremists in Western Europe. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY
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UPDATE — Italian prosecutor Franco Roberti claims that hash is being purchased by the Italian Mafia from Libya, which is being smuggled in by ISIS.
The North African hash is being used a major source of income for the Islamic State, and the Italian Mafia is apparently a loyal customer. It is quite profitable for the Mafia as well, which earns about 32 billion euros ($36.10 billion) a year through their illegal drug trades, a sizable portion of which is made up of hash and cannabis. It seems reasonable for Roberti to assume that ISIS is heavily involved.
According to Ahmad Moussalli, a political science professor at the American University in Beirut, territorial expansion by ISIS on the Syrian border has put them in control of a vast amount of cannabis fields. [Merry Jane]
Why has Italy been spared mass terror attacks in recent years? Perhaps because… “Italy has learned harsh lessons from anti-mafia policing, understands dangers of radicalization in jail, and also relies on surveillance and deportation.” Perhaps… But I am not yet entirely convinced. — END of UPDATE
Businessmen are well aware that it makes no sense to move a product from A to B and return empty-handed. In some sense, it was the basic idea that led to the creation of what is known today as the “European Union”.
Criminal organizations do not think differently. If they find a path to move their product from one place to another, they will find a way to make profit of the return trip.
In case you wonder about the analogy:
“The Catanian mafia in turn works closely with the Calabrian ’Ndrangheta, an international criminal network whose mastery of the cocaine market means it has a turnover of £44bn, greater than McDonald’s and Deutsche Bank combined.”
It has long been suggested that the “drug highway” used to move the cocaine from Colombia to Western Africa and then to Sicily/Italy was also used to move illegal (nuclear) waste back to Africa.
Now, it is feared that assault weapons are being flown from UK/EU criminal organizations to terrorist groups such ISIS while, at the same time, illegal immigrants are being smuggled from Libya to Southern Europe on the return trip.
Robert Crepinko, head of Europol’s European Migrant Smuggling Centre (EMSC), which was set up to dismantle the proliferation of criminal networks orchestrating people-smuggling, said that it was possible that British criminals might be working with extremists in north Africa and Egypt.
Asked if Europol was examining ties between criminal groups in the UK and Europe and Islamists in Libya, Crepinko responded:
“That is a fair assumption. It will remain a very busy area of law enforcement.”
I am having great doubt about the Calabrian Ndrangheta working deals with ISIS. But I may be wrong. The worse is never sure. Stay tuned…
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