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Jordan gears up for fighting captagon smugglers

Jordan gears up for fighting captagon smugglers drugs drug
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AMMAN — An Activists group in southern Syria, which calls itself “Ahrar Houran”, said it expected pro-regime militias to expand drug production facilities there with the onset of the winter season, when smugglers exploit bad weather conditions to heighten their activities.اضافة اعلان

Former Maj. Gen. Mahmoud Irdeisat described the fight against the illicit captagon pill smuggling an “old-new problem”.

He told Jordan News that drug manufacturing in southern Syria, which is supervised and protected by armed militias loyal to Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad militias, has been a problem for Jordan, which is considered a transit route for smugglers.

Irdesat explained that it is a “continuous situation, in which smugglers would take advantage of any change in circumstances”.

“Jordan’s army knows that well, and that’s why it is always on alert,” he added.

He said: “We will continue to suffer from the drug problem, as long as the Syrian regime continues not to control its side of the border.”

Jordan shares a 362km border with Syria. The long and largely porous frontier makes it hard for the Jordanian army to control it on its own without reciprocity from the other side.

Security expert Basheer Al-Daja told Jordan News that despite the strict and firm position to stifle smuggling operations on the border with Syria, some smugglers succeed to infiltrate into the country “because we are dealing with armed, and well-trained smugglers.”

Earlier this month, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, whose country is a powerbroker in Syria, visited Jordan to discuss several issues including the flow of drugs from areas controlled by Assad’s militias.

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Ayman Safadi said at the time that he discussed with his Russian counterpart the “needed steps to neutralize this threat, and provide the minimum level of stability,” a reference to smuggling.

Former Maj. Gen. Mamoun Abu Nawwar told Jordan News that the “Russian existence in Southern Syria is limited to a few patrols, which would not protect Jordan from smugglers.”

He said that the protection of the borders has become “purely a Jordanian responsibility”. He ruled out the possibility that the Russians would act against pro-Iran militias in Syria, whom Jordan suspects of involvement in the production and smuggling of narcotic substances.


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