“According to our figures, the IS is receiving up to $1 billion annually for delivering Afghan heroin,” Viktor Ivanov said.
In November, the FSKN stated that half of all heroin delivered to Europe through destabilized Iraq and some African countries is being transferred by IS militants. Drug smuggling is a renewable source of funding for the insurgent group, the watchdog suggested.
The Islamic State, a Sunni extremist group, has fought against the Syrian government, capturing large areas in Syria and Iraq. The group is notorious for numerous human rights abuses, including abductions and killings.
The US-led international coalition, comprising over 60 countries, began an air campaign against the militants in Iraq in August 2014, later spreading the bombing to Syria.