Mali: Follow The Money Straight To Hell

January 5, 2015: Despite constant pressure from 9,000 French troops and African peacekeepers Islamic terrorists in northern Mali continue to fight back. Since the Islamic terrorists were shut down up there in mid-2013 the peacekeepers have suffered 30 dead and over a hundred wounded. Another 13 civilian support personnel were killed. The persistence of the Islamic terrorists in the area is not just about ideology, but money. Islamic terrorists have, for about a decade, been running a very profitable cocaine smuggling operation that runs from Guinea-Bissau (where the stuff is flown or shipped in from South America) and then moved north to the Mediterranean coast and finally the more than four million cocaine users in Europe. This effort brings in over $100 million a year for the Islamic terrorists involved and has proved impossible to shut down. The French move into northern Mali in 2013 disrupted the cocaine operation, but the smugglers reorganized and, thanks to all that cash, were able to hire new people (and bribe new officials) to get the shipments moving north again.