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Illicit Drug Funding: The Surprising Systemic Similarities Between the FARC and the Taliban

Published:
20 May 2010
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Global
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Illicit Drug Funding: The Surprising Systemic Similarities Between the FARC and the Taliban

This report by MAJ David L. DeAtley (United States Army, 2010) offers a detailed case study of both the FARC and the Taliban, with particular focus on their involvement in the drugs trade as their primary (and illicit) source of funding, including cultivation, production and trafficking. It describes the similarities between the two groups as ‘startling’, and compares by making correlations between their crop cultivation and the size and strength of the group, suggesting also that the way they operate on a day to day basis and their organisational structure is very similar.

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