I think that interview was rather flawed for instance they had the geography wrong.
Anyway, Mali made several arrests with suggested links to Polisario. From many sources.
Should we give it more credit coming from Malian or Mauri sources with no obvious connection to the Moroccan propaganda machine?
.:Middle East Online �:.
"On Thursday we arrested six major drug traffickers in the Sahara who were associates of the traffickers arrested on Tuesday by the Mauritanian army," the security source said.
She said the men come from the ranks of the Polisario Front which is fighting for the independence of Western Sahara from Morocco.
They were part of "one of the three major networks of traffickers who pass through the Sahara and sell the drugs to Europe," she said.
The Mauritanian army said on Wednesday it had killed two men and captured seven during a raid on a band of drug traffickers on the eastern Mauritanian border with Mali on Tuesday."
AfricaNews - Mali: arrest of narcotics barons linked to AQIM - The AfricaNews articles of rubakana
"The ringleader, a senior in the Sahrawi Polisario leadership Front is Sultan Ould Bady, the leader of the "third largest drug trafficking ring in the direction of Europe" and would also directly involved kidnappings of foreigners in the Sahel perpetrated by Al Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb (AQIM)."
AFP: Six 'major' drug traffickers arrested in Mali
Some more from a Spanish site
Kidnapping, drug trafficking dominate AQIM crimes, analysts say
On Dec. 6, the Mauritanian army clashed with a group of drug traffickers linked to the terrorist group. Several traffickers were killed and many more arrested during the operation. Significant quantities of arms, ammunition, drugs, phones and vehicles were seized. According to reports, a Malian drug baron wanted by several countries was also captured during the operation.
A similar Mauritanian army raid at the end of February left three suspected drug traffickers dead, while 20 others were placed in custody. The Mauritanian, Malian and Algerian suspects were reportedly carting drugs in off-road vehicles and a small truck when the fight erupted in Lemzarrab, near the Malian border.
In northern Niger, the French hostage crisis drags into its fourth month, with AQIM using the hostages to blackmail France into paying a ransom. The group is reportedly demanding €7 million (US$9.286 million).
In addition, last month Moroccan authorities announced they dismantled a suspected 36-person al-Qaeda affiliated gang that included four foreigners. They allegedly were involved in smuggling and drug trafficking. A security source declared that the group smuggled cocaine eight times from northern Mali to Europe across Morocco and Algeria. The amount of cocaine smuggled was estimated at 600 kilograms (1,322 pounds).
“the overlap of organised crime and terrorism has reached a point where we can emphasise that al-Qaeda no longer relies on crime to finance terrorism. Now, terrorism is used as a cover-up for crime, the sole purpose of which is to make a fortune.”
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