The Taliban and tobacco

By Aamir Latif and Kate Willson

Smuggled cigarettes give boost to Pakistani militants

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pakistan":

"… rmer who tills another man’s land in the restive northern tribal belt of Pakistan. For him and others in the Khyber Agency region, Sahib Ayub Afridi is cons …"

"… an militants who control the swath of mountainous borderland, according to Pakistani intelligence and customs officials. The leaders of some of these militant …"

"… em, Baitullah Mehsud, who has claimed responsibility for bloody attacks in Pakistan and has sworn to strike Washington, D.C. U.S. officials have responded by …"

"… government sanctions restrict traditional sources of terrorist financing, Pakistani militant groups increasingly rely on proceeds from counterfeit cigarette …"

Made to be smuggled

Russian contraband cigarettes ‘flooding’ EU

Excerpts from this story referencing "Antwerp":

"… arsaw Alley” to Berlin and the Ruhr, and then on to the channel ports of Antwerp and Rotterdam.Their anti-smuggling teams have extensively used mobile phon …"

Conflict diamonds are forever

By Mungo Soggot

De Beers Mines strike major diamond find in area previously believed to be worthless

Excerpts from this story referencing "Chris Potgieter":

"… find more diamonds. His main contributor and shareholder in the exchange, Chris Potgieter, has a large digging operation near Kimberley and is now reputed to be the …"

Making a killing

By Phillip van Niekerk

Overview story for Making a killing: The business of war

Excerpts from this story referencing "South Africa":

"… g impact on fragile African societies." Two helicopter gunships piloted by South African mercenaries, for example, altered the balance of war in Sierra Leone in 1 …"

"… ered by highly trained soldiers and pilots – war veterans from apartheid South Africa, the Ukraine, the Israeli Defense Force, U.S. Special Forces and the Briti …"

"… ing the extracting, the bribing, the arms dealing, and the deal-making are South African, Belgian, American, Israeli, French, Ukrainian, Lebanese, Canadian, Briti …"

"… neighboring Zaire (now Congo). He also recruited a network of Belgian and South African diamond dealers, a structure that was replicated in Sierra Leone.David Ke …"

The looting of Russia

By David E. Kaplan and Christian Caryl

WASHINGTON, August 3, 1998 — "Can you take a look at this?" asked Joe Davidson's supervisor at the FBI, handing him a file. Davidson cracked

Excerpts from this story referencing "Israel":

"… Bychkov denies.Golden ADA also wired money to Belgium, Liechtenstein, and Israel, as well as Bermuda, where Kozlenok built himself a $5 million home. In Sa …"