Ivory trade and diamonds funding Isis rise in Africa
05 Apr 2021

Islamic State is using ivory smuggling and illegal trade in wildlife, sugar and diamonds to finance its expansion in Africa, according to a new report.

Last week Islamist fighters killed scores of people and displaced hundreds more as they stormed the town of Palma in Mozambique, raising fears that the region will be unable to contain the rapidly expanding insurgency.

“Illicit trade is the lifeblood which sustains extremist groups operating in East Africa,” wrote Sir Ivor Roberts, a former British ambassador to Yugoslavia, Ireland and Italy, in a report for the Counter Extremism Project.

By Tom Collins, The Times, 5 April 2021

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