Jordan strikes Syrian border in anti-drug effort

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AMMAN – On Friday, Jordan executed two air strikes inside Syrian territory as part of its pursuit of smugglers who export drugs to Jordan. A knowledgeable source confirmed that the strikes only targeted individuals associated with the drug dealers, Al-Mamlaka TV reported.اضافة اعلان

Recently, the border area between Jordan and Syria has witnessed drug smuggling operations. The source reiterated that Jordan will not hesitate to take any measures to protect its interests and the lives of its citizens.

The source added that these smugglers seek to make Jordan a starting point to smuggle drugs toward the Gulf countries.

The media director of the Jordanian Armed Forces – Arab Army (JAF), Maj. Gen. Mustafa Al-Hiyari said that Jordan is facing a fierce operation by drug dealers and arms smugglers. Hiyari added that the armed forces are performing their mission competently on all fronts, whether on the northern front of Jordan or inside Jordan, indicating that this year has seen a noticeable increase in the determination to smuggle drugs using weapons.

According to the statistics of the Public Security Directorate (PSD), the last decade witnessed 150,749 drug crimes between 2013-2022, including 95,411 crimes in the last five years, which prompted an escalation by Jordan in confronting drug dealers and their promoters.

The armed forces began on Jan. 17, 2022, to change the rules of engagement in the forces and pursue all elements that seek to tamper with national security.

“Rules of engagement” are the rules that the army adheres to in using force during any military operation, and armies resort to them to defend the homeland, and individuals, as well as help people in danger, or in response to external aggression.

The Kingdom has witnessed about 151,000 drug crimes in the past decade, at a rate of one crime every 28 minutes, according to official figures.

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