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Jordan shoots down drone carrying drugs from Syria

The operation is the latest effort by Jordanian authorities to curb drug smuggling from neighboring Syria.
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Jordan’s military said it shot down a drug-laden drone coming from Syria early on Tuesday in the latest incident of narcotics smuggling along the country’s northern border.

Jordanian border guard forces spotted the drone and shot it down inside Jordanian territory in cooperation with the military and police counter-narcotics department, the army said in a statement.

The drone was found to be carrying half a kilogram of crystal methamphetamine, the statement read.

Why it matters: Jordanian security forces have redoubled efforts to crack down on drug smuggling along the kingdom’s 375-kilometer (233-mile) desert border with Syria, where various militias and elements aligned with the Syrian government have turned to narcotics trade to fund their activities.

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