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US readies strategy to target Syria’s Captagon trade

Karam Shaar

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“They believe that they’ve tried everything, and now the only thing they haven’t tried is to actually work with the Syrian regime,” said Karam Shaar, a political economist and non-resident senior fellow at the New Lines Institute for Strategy and Policy in Washington.  

Speaking at a New Lines event Thursday, Shaar said there is value in low-level intelligence cooperation between Syria and its regional states who are combating Captagon, such as sharing the names of smugglers following a drug bust. 

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