The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria will be going cold Turkey.
A coalition led by US troops eviscerated a large cache of drugs controlled by ISIS on June 12, reports the Military Times.
Operation Inherent Resolve explained in a press release that the street value of the drugs was about $1.4 million. That buys a lot of falafel and bullets.
“Despite [ISIS’] facade of Islamic purity, its criminal terrorists are known drug users and traffickers,” the coalition explained. “The cache included more than 300,000 pills of Captagon, an illegal drug frequently trafficked and used by [ISIS] members.”
Captagon is considered highly addictive and the amphetamine is not permitted in most countries. The drug makes the user able to stay awake longer, gives a joint of energy, and also works as a pain reliever. The drug is a compound of amphetamine and theophylline, and its base ingredient is fenethylline.
The substance is routinely abused among ISIS militants, so much so it earned the nickname the “Jihadi pill.”
122 Chinese-made machine guns were once confiscated in Mosul, Iraq. Conflict Armament Research, a U.K.-based investigative organization, reported each gun was adorned with pouches to hold the “performance enhancing amphetamine.”
The Maghawir al-Thawra, or Commandos of the Revolution, are a homegrown faction of the coalition who recently captured another large narcotics stockpile. On May 31 the soldiers uncovered a cache while performing counter-ISIS operations in the south of Syria.
In November 2016 Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime out of Switzerland reported about the ISIS love affair with amphetamines.
“Captagon has emerged as a conflict drug helping to sustain the war,” the study read. “The current level of conflict within Syria has forced some traffickers to move production of Captagon to Lebanon and Turkey and potentially other countries within the region including Sudan.”
Syria has been ground zero for the drug’s production for the last ten years. With the chaos of the civil war throwing laws to the wayside, trafficking and popular use has been kicked up in the region.
There are still mixed reports if ISIS only produces the drug for personal use, or is also the main exporter of it.
“However, there are clear links between Tramadol [an opioid-like pain medication] trafficking and ISIS,” the Global Initiative study said.
Maj. Gen. James Jarrard, commander of the Special Operations Joint Task Force within Operation Inherent Resolve, explained that finding these drugs and destroying them takes away a huge weapon from ISIS by crippling their ability to fund terrorist operations.
“This is another great example of their dedication and professionalism in the fight against Daesh and in the protection of the people of southern Syria,” he said.
feature image via Military Times