Charcoal funds terrorism

Illegal activity rakes in millions.

Charcoal Smuggling Finances Somali Terrorist Groups

Terrorists are making over $7 million a year by smuggling charcoal illegally out of Somalia, according to estimates by the Royal Navy.

Terrorist organizations like Al-Shabaab in Somalia, where there has been a United Nations Security Council ban on exporting charcoal since 2012, tax and smuggle an estimated 3.5 million bags of charcoal a year, which is often marketed as legitimate to buyers in Gulf nations.

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