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    ISIL Drug Smuggling 'May End Up in Europe'

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    The Islamic State (ISIL) extremist group has taken control of a number of drug trafficking routes from Afghanistan, Russian envoy to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin said Thursday.

    The envoy urged the UN Security Council to closely monitor and respond quickly to developments in the drug situation in Afghanistan, as international terrorist groups use drug trafficking to fund their activities.

    Well-known Iranian regional expert and political analyst Mullazehi Pir Muhammad spoke to Sputnik regarding this claim.

    “Certainly, there is a direct relationship between drug trafficking and subversive organizations. All so-called ‘rebel groups’ need budget for funding, expanding the geography of their activities, as well as fulfill their need to be armed,” said that analyst.

    He further said that any rebel organization that has a weapon in its hand and is fighting for its goals and ideology has drugs as its main source of financing. The analyst mentioned that events in Latin America, Sri Lanka, as well as in Afghanistan show that the main source of income is drug trafficking.

    According to him it is therefore natural that ISIL militants in Afghanistan are making dynamic efforts to take possession of such a significant source of financing, as the control of Afghan drug trafficking network.

    The analyst also noted that the Badakhshan Province which is a region that is geographically linked to the Ferghan Valley, extends to the three Central Asian countries, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan could become a route for ISIL militants who are aiming to do what most of the terrorist organizations aim to do, get rich by selling Afghan heroin abroad.

    “First of all, it's the neighboring countries — the Central Asian states. The borders of these countries are not that secure making it only easier for the ISIL to transport the drugs. With active dealers in these countries the smuggling business can reach Russia and from there end up in Europe,” concluded Muhammad.


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