Between January and June 2013, security officials in Algeria seized 78 tons of cannabis resin in the country.

The amount seized was higher than the 71 tons of marijuana that was seized during the first half of 2012.

Most of the cannabis products that enter Algeria is trafficked from neighboring Morocco.

Source:  Lamine Chikhi, “Algeria puts army in charge of fighting drug trafficking,” Reuters, July 25, 2013.

According to the Ministry of Energy and Mines, around 1.5 billion liters of fuel is smuggled out of Algeria each year.

The amount of fuel that is smuggled is worth $15 Million per year.

The fuel is smuggled to the border of Morocco, where the region consumes more fuel each year than the capital of Algeria.

Algeria has the third cheapest fuel price in the world behind Saudi Arabia and Venezuela.

Source:  “1.5 bn litres of fuel smuggled each year in Algeria,” India, New York Daily News, July 24, 2013.

According to the United States Treasury Department, the average kidnap for ransom payment to Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) was $4.5 Million per hostage in 2010.

In 2011, the average amount of ransom paid increased to $5.4 Million per hostage.

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb is based in Mali and operates throughout Northern Africa.

Source: Adam Nossiter, “Millions in Ransoms Fuel Militants’ Clout in West Africa,” New York Times, December 12, 2012.


Islamist Militants are believed to have earned $120 Million between 2002 and 2012, according to a United States Treasury Official.

The Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), based in Algeria,  is estimated to have made tens of millions of dollars in ransom payments.

The average ransom payment made towards Islamist Militants from their kidnapping activities was around $5 Million.

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Source:  Noah Barkin, “Al Qaeda in North Africa making millions kidnapping: U.S.,” Reuters, October 2, 2012.

Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, or AQIM, is credited with kidnapping over 50 Europeans and Canadians and holding them for ransom between 2003 and 2011. The kidnappings for ransom is estimated to have generated the group around $130 Million.
Source: “Gunmen kidnap South African tourist in Timbuktu,” Daily News, Independent Online, November 29, 2011.

Kidnapping for ransom by the Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, an Algerian based off-shoot of Al-Qaeda, generated $80 Million between 2008 and 2011, according to a military official.

Some ransoms for kidnapped hostages were reported to be as high as $2 million.

Source: Associated Press, “Turn To Abductions Shows Al-Qaida’s Cash Squeeze,” NPR News, June 19, 2011.