Thursday, February 4, 2016

The Islamic State is still seeping through the Syria-Turkey border.

The Islamic State is still seeping through the Syria-Turkey border. (AlMonitor).

The roads from Kilis to Jarablus and Al Rai have been the scenes of some strange events over the past few years. The government, under pressure to control the militants' border access, has been erecting walls at key crossing points. The measures have caused some reduction in this traffic, but not stopped it entirely.

Reading the logs, one gets the impression that the border is sealed against illegal crossings. If you ask the Ankara government, no other country does as much to combat IS as Turkey. The reality is that the border is not sealed, nor is it truly open.

Selim Bayturkmen, who publishes a local newspaper in Kilis, told Al-Monitor that there are fewer
 crossings than before, although entries via the villages of Cildiroba and Besiriye continue.

A local source involved in transportation in Elbeyli told Al-Monitor, “There aren’t all that many measures the government is boasting about. Up until six months ago, 2,000-3,000 people used to cross the border daily in both directions. It was a beehive of activity with buses and minibuses forming long lines. Those vehicles are engaged only in bringing people from the Kilis bus terminal to Elbeyli to sneak into Syria. A ditch was dug and a wall is going up. Crossings have declined, but not ended. They take place mainly in the evenings, particularly from the villages of Arpakesmez, Akinci and Inanli. I can’t give you an exact figure but we have daily traffic of 200 to 400 people.”

“Human traffickers are not under pressure. I haven’t heard of anyone detained for smuggling people. There is much money in this business. Smugglers have houses right on the border. They charge $100 to $300 per person to cross over. At nights they pay a noncommissioned officer $2,000 to $2,500 to look the other way for 15 minutes. Imagine how much money they must be making. All the border villages got involved in this business and many people have become rich.”

Reminded that the Turkish Armed Forces' website reporting the daily capture of IS militants gives the impression that there is no tolerance whatsoever at the border, Togrul replied, “Do you know how long they are detained? We are told they are apprehended, but most of them are quickly released.

Their organization in Gaziantep is not a secret. They operate in broad daylight. Many nongovernmental organizations in side streets are actually IS fronts. [The Justice and Development Party's] struggle against IS is not sincere. The local administration is not honest either. They don’t consider IS militants terrorists

Also, this human trafficking has become a lucrative source of income for our border villagers. We know that in the 98-kilometer gap they provide crossing services for IS and earn big-time money.” Hmmm...........Never Trust a Turk on his word. Read the full story here.

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