Iraq's war against drugs includes raids and border security crackdowns, which have led to the seizure of huge quantities of illicit narcotics.
The Russian government helped facilitate the shipment of Iranian oil to companies in Europe on behalf of the Quds Force, an arm of the IRGC responsible for instability across the Middle East.
According to some sources, Col. Hassan Sayyad-Khodai was deputy commander of the IRGC Quds Force's Unit 840, which operates in Syria.
By creating fake shortages, the Houthis are making huge profits -- some say up to $360 million since April -- selling oil derivatives on the black market.
Friction between Russian-backed 5th Corps and IRGC-aligned militias has been in evidence as Iran seeks to capitalize on Russia's distraction with the Ukraine war.
Crew tried to discard drugs before their vessel was interdicted along a route used to smuggle people, weapons, narcotics and charcoal.
It is no coincidence that the highly publicised 'general amnesty' decree came after a video of regime atrocities circulated online, activists say.
Amid an unprecedented wave of theft and unsafe conditions in Beirut's southern suburb, some say that Hizbullah is providing cover for the perpetrators.
Iran's proxies in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon have long used drug smuggling to fund their operations. The Houthis are now getting in on the game.
The IRGC has been supplying its Iraqi militias with drones and drone-building technology that they have been using to carry out attacks -- both inside Iraq and across the border.