March 24, 2011
Gaddafi's opponents are drugs dealers.
(Coalition of Crusaders join with al Qaeda to oust Qaddafi and roll back Libyan Revolution -
thanks to Brian for the link)
In 2007, al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri announced a merger between the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) and al Qaeda in the Islamic Mahgreb (AQIM)
(LIBYA: 2009 COUNTRY REPORTS ON TERRORISM - Telegraph)
In November 2010, Moroccan police detained 34 people with ties to al Qaeda in the Islamic Mahgreb (AQIM), attempting to move 1,300 pounds of cocaine through Morocco.
(Coalition of Crusaders join with al Qaeda to oust Qaddafi and roll back Libyan Revolution /
Morocco Al Qaeda Islamic Maghreb)
The Moroccan Interior Minister said "We are dealing with an apparent coordination and collaboration between drug traffickers and terrorists linked to al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb."
He said that the leader of AQIM's drug ring was detained in Mali.
He said that the international drug ring involved Moroccan drug traffickers, who were collaborating with al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, as well as cartels in Latin America.
"According to UN reports, nearly 60 percent of the cocaine sold in Europe transits through weak West African states such as Mali, Niger, Mauritania, and Guinea Bissau...
"As many of these same countries are now becoming a haven for a shadowy group calling itself Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), there are growing concerns that Islamist radicals and Latin American drug cartels may be working together, both to enrich themselves and to weaken the law enforcement capability of those West African states."