THE USE OF SMALL ARMS AND LIGHT WEAPONS BY TERRORIST ORGANISATIONS AS A SOURCE OF FINANCE

On 28 September, a report from the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism in The Hague sets out to present the key functions of SALW used by terrorist organisations as well as a synthesis of the main trends observed across the different regions in terms of acquisition, trafficking and use of SALW as a source of finance by terrorist organisations.  Key topics analysed include sources and acquisition of SALW by terrorist organisations, terrorist involvement in SALW trafficking, the synergy between arms trafficking and other forms of trafficking, and the vulnerability of fragile environments.  This was the last of 5 reports by ICCT, 3 of which covered the topic in a regional context (West Africa and Horn of Africa, Middle East and North Africa, and South and South-East Asia), with the other providing a historic overview of small arms and light weapons (SALW) trafficking, smuggling, and use for criminality by terrorists and insurgents. It concludes that, despite some instances of direct involvement in SALW trafficking, the use of SALW as a source of terrorist funding seems to be predominantly indirect

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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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