Daesh Turns to Cigarette Smuggling Oil Revenue Dries Up

UK News 24 – WWR.

While Daesh is making less money from oil, the terrorist group has still been able to profit by smuggling other contraband goods from Iraq and Syria to France, Frederic Encel, Professor of International Relations at the Paris School of Business, told the French newspaper Atlantico.Airstrikes by the British and the US-led coalition have targeted infrastructure controlled by the terrorist group Daesh, particularly oil facilities. 

The resulting decrease in oil revenue has led Daesh to trade in other kinds of contraband, which has even made its way to France, Frederic Encel, Professor of International Relations at the Paris School of Business, told the French newspaper Atlanticoon Wednesday.

“Under French pressure after the Paris terror attacksin November last year, the Americans and Russians increased their airstrikes on the ‘nerve centers’ of the Islamic State (Daesh), that is, the transport routes which take oil to Turkey,” Encel declared.

“As a result, Daesh barbarians, like other criminal regimes, have increased other forms of trafficking. This includes facilitating the local production of goods: cigarettes, food, cotton, and of course weapons and drugs.”

Encel said that Daesh terrorists have earned millions of dollars from contraband, some of which has ended up on the French market.

“The authorities need to redouble their vigilance on our territory. This contraband from the Middle East and Libya is not only expensive for our economy, but also directly threatens the life of French people.”

“After all, in one region of Seine-Saint-Denis revenues from smuggling (particularly of cigarettes) were 350 million euros. This is a great amount of lost profit for our companies.”

“When I am talking about threats to the lives of French people, I mean the weakening of security with regard to ‘small-time’ contraband and trafficking in city streets. In the worst cases, these earnings on the black market are used to finance terrorists,” Encel said.

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