| 2 March 2024, Saturday |

Jordan Army Says It Killed Three Drug Smugglers at Syria Border

The Jordanian army said on Tuesday it killed three drug dealers during an operation that foiled the smuggling of large quantities of drugs across the border from Syria.

About 233,000 captagon pills – a mix of amphetamines – and quantities of hashish were found during the bust, it said.

The army said it had monitored a group of smugglers who had sought to cross the border and applied strict rules of engagement to shoot at first sight.

“We continue to deal with, resolve and force any threat to our borders and any attempt to undermine and destabilize the country’s security,” the army said in a statement.

Jordan faces a challenging situation on its northern border with Syria, but challenges are also emerging on its eastern border with Iraq after reports that pro-Iranian militia camps are rising there under the pretext of providing help for the “Palestinian resistance” in Gaza.

Jordan has reinforced its security measures on the Western border with the occupied territories amid Israel’s military escalation in the West Bank.


  • Asharq Al-Awsat