The document warned that a growing fleet of rogue jet aircraft was regularly crisscrossing the Atlantic Ocean from Timbuktu in Mali.
The fabled city of the Sahel region of northern Mali has become a stronghold for a franchise of Al Qaeda, and a hub for trafficking cocaine from South America by air, which is then smuggled onto Europe.
On one end of the air route, it said, are cocaine-producing areas in the Andes controlled by the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. On the other are some of West Africa’s most unstable countries.
The report, a copy of which was obtained by Reuters, was ignored, and the problem has since escalated into what security officials in several countries describe as a global security threat.
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.
The Bible is clear that the love of money is the root of all evil.
Almost every Islamic suicide bomber has been brain washed. But no one would have been involved in such «educational work» if they had not been payed.
To get the sons and daughters of Islam to end their life for the «good cause», a lot of money is needed. Either this kind of finances has come from a Saudi price, or from a drug cartel is not the issue.
The families of the suicide bombers needs to be payed. With several thousand US dollars. This is done to tempt them, promising them they will be able to live a nice life as a premium for their child´s martyrdom.
This was one reason for the Israeli Government destroying the houses of families who had raised and sheltered suicide bombers. To express that the Jewish state will punish does who receives money from «moderate Saudi Arabia» to slaughter innocent Jews. They will have no gain in the end. Only misery and losses.