On Syria’s Ruins, a Drug Empire Flourishes – The New York Times

On Syria’s Ruins, a Drug Empire Flourishes

Powerful associates of Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad, are making and selling captagon, an illegal amphetamine, creating a new narcostate on the Mediterranean.

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/05/world/middleeast/syria-drugs-captagon-assad.html?action=click&module=Well&pgtype=Homepage&section=World%20News

“The idea of going to the Syrian government to ask about cooperation is just absurd,” said Joel Rayburn, the U.S. special envoy for Syria during the Trump administration. “It is literally the Syrian government that is exporting the drugs. It is not like they are looking the other way while drug cartels do their thing. They are the drug cartel.”