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Syria, a maxi-load of Captagon for Isis seized

Maghaweir Al-Thowra blocks 450 kilos of hashish and phenethylin (Captagon) in Al-Tanf for the Isis militiamen between Badia al-Sham and Deir Ezzor

Isis suffers a severe blow in Syria, thanks to Maghaweir Al-Thowra. The para-military formation, an ally of the SDF and Inherent Resolve, arrested a group of drug smugglers in the Al-Tanf area. These were in possession of over 450 kilos of drugs, from hashish to Captagon (phenethylline or fighter’s drug), according to various sources intended for Islamic State militiamen from the desert of Badia al-Sham to Deir Ezzor. The jihadists, first of all, have already shown in the past to make extensive use of medicines, especially in times of crisis. Furthermore, Kurdish forces and those of the International Coalition have recently increased the pressure on them significantly in the east of the Middle Eastern country. Consequently, it is extremely plausible that consumption has increased. In fact, terrorists use tablets and hashish to alleviate hunger pangs and find the strength to fight.

Captagon consumption among Islamic State jihadists has been a widespread phenomenon for years. However, it is not without side effects

Drug use among ISIS militiamen has been a phenomenon known for years. It started in Iraq and Libya and then spread to Syria. This, however, also caused several problems among the ranks of the Islamic State, following the fact that some jihadists collapsed psychologically and lost their heads (particularly after the fall of Mosul). Some of these reacted by attempting to escape or fighting the enemy to the end. Others, however, have increased drug use to fight the “internal” enemy. This is especially the case for foreign fighters, stuck in foreign countries with no escape route. This situation, which mainly involves the Captagon and its homemade derivatives (called Lebanani), has led to an exponential increase in cases of overdoses and clashes within Daesh. With elements that suddenly turned their weapons on their comrades, for no apparent reason.

Daesh terrorists in Iraq and Syria take drugs to resist hunger and perform better in battle

According to analysts, Isis militiamen make extensive use of Captagon (in addition to smuggling it) for its characteristics. The drug is a stimulating amphetamine that induces a sense of invincibility. It does not make you feel tired or hungry or even hurt. Within the Islamic State, he is mainly employed in two situations: when resources are scarce and it is impossible to find others, or before a battle to make the best of them. This explains why in several cases the Daesh jihadists hit in the clashes in Iraq and Syria continued to react. In fact, the only way to stop them was to cause them incapacitating traumas. In addition, phenitillin and its home-made derivatives are cheap and there is widespread traffic throughout the area. Their contraindication, however, is that they create high dependence and that when taken in quantities they produce hallucinations, even lasting ones, in users.

Photo Credits: Maghaweir Al-Thowra

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