This new report from the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drugs Addiction and the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation at King’s College London examines crossovers between terrorism and the illicit drug trade in the EU between 2012 and 2017, to see where overlaps do, and do not, exist. It finds no widespread crossovers between terrorism and the European drug trade. However, 2 themes are most pronounced, relating to jihadists across Europe, and paramilitaries in Northern Ireland. It also says that there is some evidence that Hezbollah, and to a lesser extent, the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) have, at least indirectly, profited from the drug trade in Europe, although it is said that it is unclear whether this activity is centrally coordinated or condoned. The report also says that it remains to be seen whether members of groups that have either dissolved or ceased their armed campaigns, such as ETA or FLNC, will ‘transform’ into drug traffickers in any substantial numbers. Historically these groups have prohibited and/or discouraged the use of drugs in their areas of control.
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