According to recent UN reports, nearly 60 percent of the cocaine sold in Europe transits through weak Eastern Europe and West African states. As many of these same countries are now becoming a haven for shadowy Islamist radical groups, there are growing concerns that Islamist radicals and drug cartels may be working together to enrich themselves.
Terrorists, radical groups and drug cartels make significant use of the internet as a resource. One of the consequences is that the Internet is an important platform for commerce, radicalization, recruiting and training and can even serve as a virtual training camp.
The diversity, volume, and quality of terrorist groups’ multimedia cultural artifacts (e.g., audios, videos, training manuals) disseminated over the Web are vast. They are used to expand and augment the groups’ socialization, radicalization, and recruitment processes across several continents and develop relations via the Internet. According to different nations’ intelligence communities the terrorist groups’ messages delivered via internet, audio and video have increased in quantity, frequency, technical sophistication, translation capability, subject coverage, and media savvines. Such enhancements enable these messages to reach a wider global audience.