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Narcoterrorism is a term coined by former President Fernando Belaúnde Terry of Peru in 1983 when describing terrorist-type attacks against his nation's anti-narcotics police. In its original context, narcoterrorism is understood to mean the attempts of narcotics traffickers to influence the policies of a government or a society through violence and intimidation, and to hinder the enforcement of anti-drug laws by the systematic threat or use of such violence. Pablo Escobar's violence in his dealings with the Colombian government is probably one of the best known and best documented examples of narcoterrorism.

The term has become a subject of controversy, largely due to its use in discussing violent opposition to the US Government's War on Drugs.

The term is being increasingly used for known terrorist organizations that engage in drug trafficking activity to fund their operations and gain recruits and expertise. Such organizations include FARC, ELN, AUC in Colombia, PCP-SL in Peru, Hamas and Taliban[1][2][3][4]

In 2000 the U.S. began funding, continued under the U.S. Bush administration, of Plan Colombia, intending to eradicate drug crops and to act against drug lords accused of engaging in narcoterrorism, including among them the leaders of the marxist FARC and the AUC paramilitary forces. The U.S. government is funding large-scale drug eradication campaigns and supporting Colombian military operations, seeking the extradition of commanders.

Although Al Qaeda is often said to finance its activities through drug trafficking, the Saudi individuals".

Critics of the prohibition of drugs say that it is this prohibition itself which funds terrorism.[5]


  • Examples 1
  • See also 2
  • External links 3
  • References 4


Areas or countries that have active or historical narcoterrorism or narco-war include:

  • Afghanistan, to fund operations with sales of opium and heroin in the Afghanistan War
  • Colombia and Peru, which have influential right-wing paramilitary "narco-terrorists" and left-wing revolutionary guerrillas.
  • Pakistan, especially in Waziristan and adjacent regions, related to the war to the west and tribal problems, farmers farm opium

See also

External links

  • The Drug War in Mexico: By Any Other Name it's Terrorism, by Barnard R. Thompson (
  • Mali and the Narco-Terrorist, by Sergei Boeke (International Centre for Counter-Terrorism - The Hague)


  1. ^ DEA Digging Into Al Qaeda Drug Links, By Robert Hendin, July 18, 2008. CBS News.
  2. ^ A GLOBAL OVERVIEW OF NARCOTICS-FUNDED TERRORIST AND OTHER EXTREMIST GROUPS, May 2002, Library of Congress – Federal Research Division
  3. ^ Testimony of Victor Comras to the US House Subcommittee on Financial Oversight and Investigations, hearings on Current and Evolving Trends in Terrorism Financing. September 28, 2010.
  4. ^ Hezbollah, Hamas Raise Money for ‘Terrorist Activities’ From Drug Trade in South America, Congressional Research Service Says, By Edwin Mora, June 08, 2010. CNS News.
  5. ^ "The Drug War and Terrorism". 2009-07-16. Retrieved 2013-07-07. 
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