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Drug use surges in opposition-controlled areas in northwest Syria

Security forces in the countryside of Aleppo are combating the spread of narcotic substances, amid growing demands for cooperation by the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army factions.
Syrian police show seized drugs at the Drug Enforcement Administration, Damascus, Syria, Jan. 4, 2016.
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ALEPPO, Syria — The use of narcotics is surging across the areas controlled by the armed Turkish-backed Syrian opposition in northwestern Syria.

All efforts exerted by the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) factions in the countryside of Aleppo to stop drug trafficking and abuse so far have proved insufficient.

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