Patrick Radden Keefe – The Trafficker (The New Yorker)

Patrick Radden Keefe. "The Trafficker,” The New Yorker, February 8, 2010

"Palacio de Mifadil, one of several homes owned by the wealthy Syrian arms merchant Monzer al-Kassar, is a white marble mansion overlooking the resort town of Marbella, on the southern coast of Spain. Surrounded by lush grounds and patrolled by three mastiffs, it has a twelve-car garage and a swimming pool shaped like a four-leaf clover. One sunny morning in 2007, two Guatemalans, named Carlos and Luis, arrived at the front gate. One of Kassar’s associates ushered the men between curving marble staircases into the grand salon. Kassar was expecting them. He had agreed to sell them several million dollars’ worth of weapons for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia—the South American narco-insurgent organization known as the FARC, which the U.S. State Department considers a terrorist group."

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