Illegal Gold Mining Funding Armed Groups in Sahel: Interpol

Several “suspected terrorists” were arrested and more than 40,000 sticks of dynamite and detonator cords for illegal gold mining — a new source of funding for armed groups in the Sahel — were seized in a joint operation with the U.N., Interpol said on Monday.

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By Suitcase and by Wire: How Reza Zarrab Smuggled Russia’s Money

A new investigation by OCCRP and Courthouse News Service shows that Russia was central to Zarrab’s money network even before he began working for Iran. The lucrative business is evident in thousands of bank transfer records obtained by OCCRP and has been described in interviews by a Zarrab insider who says he smuggled millions of dollars to Russia.

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