"Billionaire Rami Makhlouf and Assad's brother, Maher Assad, and other family have long been involved in the drug trade. Maher works extensively with Hezbollah, and Hezbollah has a long history in the drug trade," noted Royce de Melo, a Middle East-based security and defense consultant. "Backed by Syria and Iran for decades, Hezbollah is Syria and the Assad family's front and channel to the criminal world." … [Read more...] about Massive ‘ISIS drug bust’ in Italy connected to the Syrian regime, not the terrorist group, analysts argue
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Tancula brings more than 30 years of experience in competitive, market and customer intelligence across a broad array of industries, including building materials, consumer goods, industrial, retail, and financial services. He founded Senex in 2016, where he developed predictive analytics to separate intelligence from information. … [Read more...] about Building Product Manufacturer (BPM) Expert Joins Meyers Research Advisory Group
Since ISIS captured Iraq’s second-largest city in June 2014, near daily skirmishes with Kurds and Iraqi national forces, as well as coalition air attacks, have taken a heavy toll on the battle-hardened former military officers who formed the terrorist army’s backbone. The attacks, as well as the 20-month isolation of Mosul, also have left ISIS weaponry destroyed or degraded, say experts. … [Read more...] about ISIS relying on child soldiers, drugged fighters as grip on Mosul slips
Police speculated that revenue raked in from the intended drug trade would be a jackpot for ISIS militants to fund their terrorist activities, while simultaneously filling a void in the European drug market created by lockdowns due to the coronavirus pandemic. … [Read more...] about Italy confiscates $1B worth of amphetamines made by ISIS in Syria
In interviews with committee staff, large medical equipment companies cautioned that prices for raw materials have risen dramatically. One executive told congressional staff that "raw material for gowns is unavailable at any price, at least in the quantities we need to make gowns" and warned continuing to supply PPE under these conditions is "not sustainable." … [Read more...] about America is running short on masks, gowns and gloves. Again.