In intense heat and visibility of less than a few metres, British Army troops are picking through the Gabon jungle on one of their most heart-rending missions yet. Crouched in thick undergrowth outside a forest camp they are also striking a blow against extremists. Alongside Gabon park rangers they spring an ambush on a group of men sat around a campsite. Poaching is the new frontier in the war on terror – pitching endangered elephants and the British Army against the forces of evil. In Gabon, shameless extremist groups are butchering rare forest elephants in a gold rush to fund their activities all across Africa with poachers selling the ivory for £65 per 1lb to the Asian black market through a wide connection of ports in Dar es Salaam and Mombasa. Baby elephants, with tusks only a few inches long, are also slaughtered. Christian Mbina, Gabon Parks technical director, told us: “We’re convinced on all evidence we have that the money raised by poaching goes to fund terrorism. “The network and movements of Boko Haram are known all over Africa now. The same way Al-Shabaab are involved in ivory poaching in the east of Africa, Kenya and Tanzania, Boko Haram… Read full this story
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