France enlists Iraqi soldiers to 'KILL French militants fighting for ISIS before they return home and carry out terror attacks' as shipment of 'Jihadi drug which makes fighters fearless' is intercepted in Paris
- France is supplying names and photos of top French jihadists in Iraq, it is claimed
- Information 'passed to Iraqi ground troops in the hope fanatics can be killed'
- There are fears 'high value' targets could return to France to carry out attacks
- Comes as illegal shipments of 'Jihadi drug' Captagon worth £1.5m is intercepted in France
Published: 10:25 EDT, 30 May 2017 | Updated: 11:12 EDT, 30 May 2017
France is enlisting Iraqi soldiers to hunt down and kill French jihadists fighting for ISIS before they return home and carry out terror attacks, it has been claimed.
Special forces are reportedly supplying ground forces with names and photos of up to 30 French citizens who have fled to Iraq.
High-ranking French ISIS militants have been selected as targets amid fears they will return home to carry out atrocities, it is claimed.
It comes as a shipment of a so-called 'jihadi drug' increasingly used by ISIS fanatics was intercepted in Paris.
France is enlisting Iraqi soldiers to hunt down and kill French jihadists fighting for ISIS before they return home and carry out terror attacks, it has been claimed. File picture shows a masked Iraqi counter terrorism operative
Illegal shipments (pictured) of the so-called 'Jihadi drug' Captagon worth a total of almost £1.5m have been intercepted in France for the first time
According to an investigation by the Wall Street Journal, French special forces have been using Iraqi soldiers to hunt down the 'high-value' targets for a number of months.
Ground units have been given photographs, alibis and location coordinates taken from surveillance drones and radio intercepts, according to the newspaper, which says its information comes from Iraqi officers as well as current and former French officials.
France's Defence Ministry has not immediately responded to requests for a comment, the Independent reports.
France has been hammered by a wave of deadly terror attacks carried out by ISIS fanatics over the last three years.
In November 2015, a team of extremists slaughtered 130 in Paris when they targeted bars, restaurants, the Stade de France and the Bataclan music festival.
The following summer, a 19 tonne cargo truck was driven into crowds celebrating Bastille Day on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, killing 86.
Last year, it was estimated that some 1,700 French citizens had fled the country to join ISIS in Iraq or Syria. Hundreds of those are believed to have been killed.
Meanwhile, illegal shipments of the so-called 'Jihadi drug' Captagon worth a total of almost £1.5m have been intercepted in France for the first time.
The euphoria-generating drug is increasingly used by ISIS terrorists as they set off on their murderous missions
It comes as the euphoria-generating drug is increasingly used by ISIS terrorists as they set off on their murderous missions.
Details of the customs haul at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport were today made public for the first time.
Some 350,000 tablets of the amphetamine-based Captagon were first found at France's busiest airport on January 4.
Then, on February 22, another 300,000 were found - making a total of 135kgs of Captagon with a street value of £1.4million.
In both cases, the drugs were hidden within industrial steel moldings destined for Saudi Arabia, via the Czech Republic, and Turkey.
Details of the customs haul at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport were today made public for the first time
The shipment originated in Lebanon, said a customs official, adding: 'This is the first time that this drug has been seized in France.'
There have been similar seizures in other European countries this year, including Holland, where the country's first known fake Captagon laboratory was found in April.
Hundreds of thousands of the pills were discovered, along with three guns, in the premises in the town of Brunssum, and there were two arrests.
Captagon, which was invented to treat sleep disorders, keeps users awake for long periods of time, and can make them feel hugely energetic and happy.
ISIS terrorists have often spoken about taking the addictive hallucinogenic pills - hence the 'Jihadi drug' tag.
It has become particularly associated with the war in Syria, where thousands of fighters take the drug before entering battlefields.
While Captagon is a brand name for the fenethylline drug, there are also plenty of fake versions stamped with the word 'Captagon' to increase their street value.
The biggest legal consumer of Captagon is Saudi Arabia, where there is also a highly lucrative cocaine market.
The seizure in France comes as the country remains under a State of Emergency following a series of ISIS attacks across Europe.