Cutting the link between drugs and terrorists: countering major terrorist-financing means

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Authors
Khan, Kashif J.
Er, Olcay
Subjects
Drug Trafficking
Terrorist Financing
Narcoterrorism
The Taliban
The PKK
Opium
Heroin
Cultivation
Manufacturing
Shipment
Sale
Consumption
Drug Legalization
Advisors
Freeman, Michael
Date of Issue
2013-06
Date
Jun-13
Publisher
Monterey, California: Naval Postgraduate School
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This thesis focuses on the Taliban and the PKKs involvement in the opium trade. This thesis fills a gap by illustrating the extent to which terrorist organizations use drugs to raise funds in five stages of the heroin trade, including cultivation, manufacturing, shipment, sale, and consumption. These two terrorist organizations have particular strengths and weaknesses that are identified in this thesis. This thesis proposes the counter narcoterrorism solution model, which displays both the convergent and divergent stages of the opium trade. The manufacturing stage is the only stage where the products converge into countable and targetable laboratories. This model suggests that targeting the opium manufacturing process is not only cost effective, but can also reduce the Talibans as well as the PKKs illegal funds.
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Defense Analysis (DA)
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This publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.
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