ISIS has eyes on heroin trafficking, warns UK analyst

After oil facilities hit; reports from Russia

30 November, 19:20

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     - LONDON - The Islamic State (ISIS) may soon be making large amounts of cash from some of the most lucrative heroin routes from Afghanistan that cross through Iraq, Syria and Turkey, some tabloids have quoted Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) analyst Tom Keatinge as saying. The UK analyst said that recent months' bombing of oil facilities and convoys controlled by the jihadists have pushed them to seek alternative sources of revenue to fund their 'holy war' and possibly other terrorist acts in Europe. ''If you look at the routes that opium take from Afghanistan, there is a lot of territory controlled by ISIS and therefore they will be making money out of it,'' he added. Similar warnings were expressed by Viktor Ivanov, head of Russia's Federal Drug Control Service (FSKN), who said that ISIS and groups linked to it were involved in heroin trafficking with revenue potentially of a billion dollars.

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