Afghan Opium Shipments Are Fueling Terrorist Groups In West Africa

In a village outside Kayes on the western edge of Mali, a group of men prepare for their next signal — one that will tell them to drive their cars and wooden trolleys to an illegal crossing on the border with Guinea. There, they will pick up a shipment of opioids that originated in Afghanistan and transport them across the vast eastern desert of Mali to Libya for shipment to Europe.

Mali sits in the center of the world’s two most lucrative and rapidly growing drug trafficking networks. The landlocked West African country, infamous for its cocaine and cigarette transport routes, is adding heroin to its list of illegal exports.

  • The Butterfly

    Bacon and beer are haram, but opium is a-okay.