Subjects – Syria Report



Last week, security forces of the Autonomous Administration in North and East Syria seized nearly 2.5 million captagon pills in their largest drug bust to date. The bust came a few days after the security forces of the Syrian Salvation Government seized four million captagon pills in Idlib. Both shipments were smuggled from areas controlled by the Turkish-backed Syrian Interim Government.
The National Defence Authorisation Act for Fiscal Year 2022, which was recently signed into law, includes several provisions on Syria, such as requiring the State Department to submit reports on the net worth of President Bashar Al-Assad. Though a draft measure to counter the Syrian government’s vast Captagon drug trade was excluded from the final version of the law, a new bill on this matter has recently been submitted to congress.


In this 2,600-word report, The Syria Report provides an overview of the recent history and status of Syria's three commercial maritime ports in Lattakia, Tartous, and Banias.