Member of the Syrian Opposition Coalition (SOC), Ayman Al-Asimi, stressed that the Assad regime, in order to replenish its coffers with hard currency, resorted to all illegal methods such as recruiting militias that manufacture and smuggle illicit drugs to neighboring countries.
Al-Asimi indicated that the Assad regime, through its militias in southern Syria, has turned into a producer and distributor of narcotics, which constitutes another source of concern for neighboring countries after the regime became a major distributor of these illicit substances. He said that the regime now poses a new threat to the region along with the manufacture and export of terrorism.
On July 24, King Abdullah II of Jordan held Iranian militias responsible for smuggling drugs from Syria to Jordan, noting that Jordan faces regular attacks on its borders from Iranian-backed militias.
Local sources indicate that since the Assad regime forces retook control of the provinces of Dara’a and Quneitra in mid-2018, the Iranian militias have sought to turn the two provinces into a base for smuggling narcotics from Syria to Jordan and then to the Arabian Gulf region.
(Source: SOC’s Media Department)