Is the ‘Jihadi Drug’ Moving Out of Syria? – Foreign Policy

Drugs seized by Syrian police in Damascus on Jan. 4, 2016. (Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images)Since the start of the Syrian civil war in 2011, Captagon — a potent amphetamine known as fenethylline — has been trumpeted as a “jihadi drug,” used by fighters in the conflict to improve their combat effectiveness. Breathless news reports describeddrugged-up “superhuman soldiers” fighting for days without sleep. ..more: