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The Terrorism and Drug Connection in Latin America’s Andean Region

Mark S. Steinitz Policy Papers on the Americas Volume XIII, Study 5

Reprinted with permission. THE TERRORISM AND DRUG CONNECTION IN LATIN
AMERICA'S ANDEAN REGION, CSIS Policy Papers on the Americas, July 2002. © 2002 by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, D.C.

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"MONEY FROM THE ILLICIT DRUG TRADE has increasingly helped to finance
terrorist groups worldwide, but perhaps nowhere has this development
been more significant than in Latin America’s Andes.  In recent years,
funding derived from the cocaine and heroin industry has largely underwritten the terrorism of that troubled region.

The principal Andean leftist groups with drug connections are the Armed
Revolutionary Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the Peruvian Shining Path
(Sendero Luminoso [SL]). Colombian right-wing terrorists, referred to
collectively as paramilitaries, also have longstanding ties to traffickers. Since
1997, the paramilitaries have often been known by the name of their main
umbrella organization, the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC).
The drug-related money of these rural-based terrorists has come primarily
from “taxes” and fees levied on traffickers in return for the protection of illicit..."

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