According to Italy’s top prosecutor Franco Roberti, ongoing investigations point to co-operation between the Islamic State and Italian mobsters who are reportedly smuggling cannabis together through Libya.

The main smuggling route for North African hashish now runs from Casablanca (Morocco), through Algeria, Tunisia to the Libyan city of Sirte, said the country’s foremost anti-mafia and anti-terrorism chief Franco Roberti.

The port city of Sirte now serves as a de facto Mediterranean base for the most powerful Islamic State (IS) branch outside Syria and Iraq. An estimated 6.000 ISIS fighters are present in Libya.

“Certainly IS controls the Libya cannabis route; it controls the coast along the Gulf of Sirte,” said Roberti in his frescoed office in the 17th century building that once served as the Vatican prison.

In investigations whose details have not yet been made public, police have found evidence that Italian organized crime, which has long controlled most of the country’s illegal drug supplies, and “suspected terrorists” in North Africa are trafficking hash together, Roberti said.

Although ISIS is officially opposed to drugs as propagated by the Shariah (Islamic law), their fighters are seemingly in desperate need of new sources of income.

Italy has not been attacked by Islamist militants, but ISIS propaganda films regularly mention Rome and the Vatican as possible targets. Many Italian sites are considered at high risk of attacks, Roberti said.

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Alexandru Candet
Alexandru Candet
2016-04-20 09:31

Claudio

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2016-04-20 12:50

Talk about hyporcrites. I thought they mainly stole oil. If Italy gets attacked though it’s a consequence of supporting the rats in Libya.

daeshit sucks
daeshit sucks
2016-04-20 14:53

Moroccaan hash business is not at all in Casablanca 😉 Nobody will tell publicly who’s the king of this business but he doesn’t need the italian maffia to smurggle it, btw, he’s much more powerfull than them… The road through Algeria and Lybia seem very very dubious for me and the sea/air road from Syrte to Sicilia seems even more dubious to me : AWACS, NATO boats on patrol… Nevertheless, in Europe, now, it has become like in the US : there is mostly homegrown weed especially as, in western Europe, very few countries are still totally forbiding weed (and… Read more »

Raj Kumar
Raj Kumar
2016-04-20 14:34

: They need to keep some back for themselves…..chill the f**k out #PeaceMan

satipera
satipera
2016-04-20 15:24

i read amn for the news not for marginally useful propaganda, please leave stories like this in the bin where they belong

daeshit sucks
daeshit sucks
2016-04-20 20:50
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All european potheads are laughing out loud by reading this : Morocaan hash road is very different and italian maffia is not in this business. The hash maffia is something else and definitively not the italian’s turf…

Ali al-Yehud al-Jihadistani
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Ali al-Yehud al-Jihadistani
2016-04-20 19:36

What a story to come out on 4/20.