Al Qaida operating fleet of 727s to ferry drugs from South America to Africa, Europe
The Al Qaida network in North Africa has gained access to Western-origin aircraft.
Officials said Al Qaida Organization in the Islamic Maghreb has been using Western aircraft for the smuggling of drugs and perhaps weapons. They said U.S. intelligence has determined that AQIM was helping facilitate a fleet of Boeing passenger jets for flights from South America to remote areas of North Africa and Sahel.
“This is not new, but the use of aircraft by AQIM has steadily increased to the point where it is becoming a major regional threat,” an official said.