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December 12, 2011

Weapons flowing from Iraq, Turkey and Lebanon

December 12, 2011

December 12, 2011

The only two borders where weapons are not being smuggled are Jordan and Israel. Iraq and Lebanon are both weak states with largely uncontrolled borders; in Turkey, there is an official role in smuggling weapons to the Free Syrian Army. Here is an investigative report from Ghayath Abdul-Ahad in the Guardian:

The route across the Syrian border was marked by a single shining piece of string. It stretched from the road on the Turkish side for a few hundred metres to the steel and razor-wire fence that ran along the boundary.
The smugglers followed it silently and quickly, jumping from one stone to another in the moonlight. Each man carried a thick, plastic-wrapped load on his back. The plastic bundles rattled and clinked as they ran along.
Beyond the fence the shadows of men and animals moved. "Do you have money?" asked a Turkish voice.
"Next shipment," the Syrian replied.

(Photograph: Ghaith Abdul Ahad)


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