It’s called Captagon and with access to someone with a basic understanding of chemistry, ISIS fighters in Syria are staying on their feet and alert for days at a time.
The pills are found all over Syria for $5-$20, but the drug can be easily made and ISIS fighters are making them en masse. The active ingredient is fenethylline, a strong amphetamine.
Drug officers in Syria said this about trying to restrain those on the drug:
“We would beat them, and they wouldn’t feel the pain. Many of them would laugh while we were dealing them heavy blows…We would leave the prisoners for about 48 hours without questioning them while the effects of Captagon wore off, and then interrogation would become easier.”
From the Daily Mail:
ISIS fighters are taking cheap, easy-to-make amphetamine pills that help keep them awake for days, which is fuelling the civil war in Syria.
The small tablets of the highly addictive substance Captagon are produced in Syria and is widely available across the Middle East.
It is thought that the trade of the drugs brings in millions of dollars in revenue to Syria, providing funding for weapons and ammunition.
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