On June 3, 2022, a Syrian opposition website reported that "Iranian and Iraqi militias" stationed in eastern Syria have started using drones to smuggle drugs from Syria to Iraq. The website noted that the militias also use the drones for distribution – most likely of drugs and equipment – among their positions inside Syria.
Previously, on May 14, 2022, a source from the Jordanian General Staff reported that the Jordanian Armed Forces had succeeded in thwarting the smuggling of drugs via drone from Syria into Jordanian territory.
While the source did not reveal who was behind the smuggling attempt, it is not unlikely that Iran-backed militias were also involved, because recently there has been an increase in smuggling from Syrian territory into Jordan, and it is suspected that the smuggling is being perpetrated in accordance with instructions from Iran-backed militias, led by Hizbullah. Senior Jordanian officials, headed by King Abdullah, have expressed their concern about these militias that are entrenching themselves in southern Syria, and the implications of their presence for Jordan's security.
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