Syria’s Drug Trade Threatens a New Crisis for the Middle East

Dec. 28 2021

While the Iran-backed terrorist group Hizballah has long been involved in the South American cocaine trade—an important source of its revenue—it has in recent years also been exporting a stimulant called Captagon. Much of its supply is coming from nearby Syria, where the Hizballah-allied regime has turned to drug production to fund its efforts to win the ongoing civil war. Matthew Zweig explains:

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More about: Drugs, Hizballah, Middle East, Syria, U.S. Foreign policy

Why Iran-Backed Forces Attacked Abu Dhabi

Jan. 26 2022

On Monday, Houthi rebels in Yemen fired ballistic missiles at Abu Dhabi, which were intercepted with American aid. The week before, the Iranian proxy group launched drones at the Emirati capital, killing three; similar attacks have targeted Saudi Arabia and other locales in the UAE. The Biden administration recently ceased to consider the Houthis—whose slogan includes the phrases, “Death to America,” “Death to Israel,” and “Curse the Jews”—a terrorist group. Eran Lerman calls that decision “a beginner’s mistake,” that was

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More about: Israeli Security, Saudi Arabia, U.S. Foreign policy, United Arab Emirates, Yemen