January 13, 2010

Good News: al Qaeda Linked to Drug Plane Network

The planes are said to shuttle drugs between South American to areas where al Qaeda operates in Africa. Al Qaeda then helps funnel the drugs into Europe.

Al Qaeda with access to a fleet of jumbo jets. What could possibly go wrong?

The clandestine fleet has grown to include twin-engine turboprops, executive jets and retired Boeing 727s that are flying multi-ton loads of cocaine and possibly weapons to an area in Africa where factions of al Qaeda are believed to be facilitating the smuggling of drugs to Europe, the officials say....

An examination of documents and interviews with officials in the United States and three West African nations suggest that at least 10 aircraft have been discovered using this air route since 2006.

Officials warn that many of these aircraft were detected purely by chance. They caution that the real number involved in the networks is likely considerably higher. ...

The upshot, he said, is that militant organizations -- including groups like the FARC and al Qaeda -- have the "power to move people and material and contraband anywhere around the world with a couple of fuel stops."

Thanks to herr Oyal.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:16 AM | Comments |