U.S. Urges Stronger Action Against Global Organized Crime Groups


An aggressive global response is needed to counter organized crime syndicates, which are increasingly teaming up with terrorist networks and drug traffickers, U.S. and international law enforcement officials said yesterday at a conference in Singapore, the Los Angeles Times reports.Of particular interest are emerging money-laundering pipelines that are enabling crime syndicates to flourish in terrorist hot spots such as Pakistan and Afghanistan and other strategic locations. Deputy U.S. Attorney General David Ogden told delegates that they needed to act more forcefully to combat transnational organized crime groups whose proceeds now comprise up to 15 percent of the global gross domestic product.

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