There are also some normal houses near one end of the bridge. There are numerous objects on the bridge, such as several shipping containers, some red barrels , a small crane , a windmill or wind generator , vehicle wrecks and more. The settlement is said to have "taken inspiration from shanty towns or slums in South America in real life". The Operation Whiteout mission ends here. In this mission it is revealed that Mira and Luis live here. Gabriela also raids this place during that mission and mentions that she's aware of this place being a safehouse for outlaws. The last mission Operation Illapa also ends here an the main characters have a party where they discuss their future plans.
Afterwards, this becomes one of the default places where the player can spawn. The Black Hand still occasionally sends helicopters here, but the Army of Chaos easily defeats them with their anti-aircraft artillery and tanks. El Abismo is located in the middle of the rainforests biome. It's between two mountains and crosses a river.
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There's a waterfall a short distance up-river from here. Sign In Don't have an account? Start a Wiki. This article has been evaluated to be at quality level 4. Tom thinks that's fine. Do you? The influx into northern Mali of drugs hashish in the s, cocaine in the s has shaken up the local economy. The resulting competition — and the inflow of arms across the Sahel — has militarised smuggling, with traffickers using heavy arms and militias to protect or intercept convoys.
Drug money has caused disputes among communities and upended traditional hierarchies. Conflicts degenerate into protracted feuds because criminal groups increasingly fall back on their communities for support. The Malian crisis worsened a situation that had been deteriorating already for a decade. Major traffickers maintain relations with both Malian authorities — which the latter denies — and political and military groups in the north; indeed often trafficking networks are embedded in, or overlap with, those groups, who themselves depend on trafficking to finance their operations and to buy weapons.
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That said, ties between armed groups and traffickers are not trouble-free: they do not always share the same interests. Rivalries among trafficking networks sometimes provoke confrontation between armed groups that those groups would prefer to avoid. Drug trafficking remained a side issue during the inter-Malian talks that sought to end the crisis and which took place first in Ouagadougou in , and then in Algiers in and Though discussed behind-the-scenes, the subject was virtually absent from the June peace agreement. In particular, they have included influential figures involved in trafficking and by keeping routes open for all transit have attempted to diminish armed competition and theft around those routes and to prevent rivalry among traffickers from escalating into fighting among the armed groups that signed the peace agreement.
International actors, understandably reluctant to enter into open discussions about regulating trafficking, thus far view these efforts warily. Actions to combat drug trafficking in northern Mali remain limited and ineffectual. National and international policymakers acknowledge the need to combat the drugs trade.
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But many avoid shouldering responsibility, citing the often valid reason that the problem falls outside their remit. On the ground, the fight against trafficking appears a lesser priority for international actors than implementing the peace agreement, conducting counter-terrorism operations and combatting clandestine people smuggling. Their reticence to act against traffickers also can be explained by the complexity of the networks involved and the fear of upsetting business interests, which could reach into the upper-most levels of regional governments.
The global struggle against the drug trade has known few successes.
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To be effective, measures should be global, coordinated and agreed between countries of production, transit and consumption, whose interests often conflict. Meanwhile Mali, like other transit countries exposed to violent competition over trafficking, needs a strategy based on its own needs and developed with the regional context in mind.
They should prioritise three interlinked strategies:. Hide Footnote Another version of the facts quickly circulated: the targeted elements were in the service of Arab traders who wanted to recover goods looted by Tuareg traffickers and bandits, especially those from the Idnan tribe, with whom they fight for control of the crossing point between Algeria and Mali in the In-Khalil and Bordj Badji Mokhtar Algeria region. Hide Footnote These traders believed their losses to be several billion CFA francs several million euros , mainly vehicles, but also, according to sources close to these groups, drug shipments.
Hide Footnote. During several years, the non-settlement of the In-Khalil episode poisoned relations between armed groups. Rivalries between traffickers within the original MAA played a role in this split. The latter led to a reconciliation agreement between the Idnan and Arab tribes — relating in part to the open conflict between them since the In-Khalil episode. This affair illustrates the links established among politico-military groups, communities and drug traffickers. It also shows that they sometimes play a decisive role in episodes of armed violence.
Northern Mali is not a drug-producing area, nor even the only transit zone in West Africa. The consequences of drug trafficking in the country are unparalleled in the region, however. Since the s, drug trafficking has played a role in the development of unprecedented forms and levels of violence. Armed violence in this area is often simplified schematically to competition between traffickers, or even the equivocal concept of narco-jihadism, confusing the figures of the jihadist and the drug trafficker, who actually have complex inter-relationships.
This report analyses how drug trafficking causes armed violence in northern Mali. This report is based on several dozen interviews in Mali and Niger with members of all the armed groups who were signatories of the Inter-Malian peace agreement of June , as well as diplomats, economic actors in northern Mali, Malian and international security officials, and community leaders.
A few interviews took place in Mauritania. Extreme caution is required in the collection and processing of data on criminal networks and their links with politico-military groups. This report does not study all forms of trafficking and trading in northern Mali. It focuses on drug trafficking because of the large number of actors involved in it unlike arms trafficking , the very specific links between drug trafficking and armed violence in this region much more, for example, than smuggling of migrants, which involves other actors and, lastly, its influence on political power relations in Mali especially in peace negotiations and then in implementation of the agreement.
Thousands of years old, trans-Saharan trade is not a static economy.
Trafficking, which has developed since the s with the emergence of nation-states and borders, has undergone several phases. The illicit circulation of subsidised products from Algeria has long been central to the survival of northern Malian society.
From the s and especially the s, circulation of new products that are both illegal and have high added value, including arms and drugs, has opened a new phase, characterised by progressive militarisation. The image of the cunning small-time smuggler playing games with customs officers, in vogue in the s and s, has been replaced by that of the drug trafficker at the head of criminal networks or even private armies who protect the convoys and their cargoes.
This relatively recent militarisation of a portion of the economy has very significant consequences for political relations in northern Mali.
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Trans-Saharan trade has long depended on an economy of protection essential for crossing the Sahara. The caravan trade aroused the lust of armed actors who regularly engaged in razzias or rezzous , forcing traders to hire guards for their merchandise slaves, cattle, grains, salt. Hide Footnote These razzias, which occurred everywhere in the Sahel-Sahara belt were especially widespread in the mid-nineteenth century, in part because of the arrival in the Sahara of weapons from Europe. The French colonial administration steadily reduced these predations but never completely put an end to them.
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Hide Footnote The rapid and violent interceptions of shipments that are now common constitute in some respects a new form of rezzous. But the criminal economy that prevails in northern Mali today only partly reflects these ancient forms of predation. Since the end of the s, cannabis hashish resin, then cocaine, have given a new dimension to this economy: in equal quantities, cocaine is 25 times more profitable than hashish, which itself is twelve times more profitable than cigarettes. Crisis Group email correspondence, economic actor in Kidal, July Hide Footnote The circulation of hashish in the Sahel is explained by the rise in Moroccan production in the early s and by the fact that direct routes to Europe, more closely monitored, have become riskier.
Hide Footnote In the early s, some traffickers specialised in the cocaine industry, which enjoyed a golden age between and In November , a Boeing from Latin America filled with cocaine landed in Tarkint Gao region , bringing this traffic to light. Despite political pressure aiming to stifle this matter, media and diplomatic pressure led to the arrest and incarceration in of Mohamed Ould Aweinat, a trader of the Mechdouf tribe stemming from Tilemsi.
He was released in early in exchange for the mobilisation of part of the Arab community against the rebellion led by the MNLA. Hide Footnote Since the end of the s, other products have appeared, mainly intended for local consumption, such as methamphetamines and pharmaceuticals tramadol, rivotril being sold as narcotics. Estimates of the volume of drugs passing through northern Mali are poor, as they are based mainly on seizures, which are very rare in the Sahel-Sahara belt. Worldwide, the trend is toward increased production of cocaine and hashish, driven by continuously growing demand, notably in Europea.