TURKISH DOUBLE PLAY
Almost half of the 457 people detained by Turkish authorities on the Turkish-Syrian border between 01/01/2015 and 06/30/2015, over half a year, are Chinese nationals, Turkish Armed Forces sources told Anadolu Agency Wednesday 07/22/2015.
Moreover, the suspects include citizens from at least 32 different countries, including one from as far away as Brazil. From the gulf region, nine suspects, all of them Saudis, were detained.
According to the sources, out of the 457 people detained, 241 are Chinese, 13 British, seven Afghans, five Germans, two Americans, one Australian, five Azerbaijanis, one Bangladeshi, five Belgians, one Brazilian, two Bulgarians, one Danish, one Moroccan, 12 French, 30 Palestinians, six South Koreans, five Dutch, one Kazakh, two Maldivian, one Egyptian, one Romanian, 56 Russians, two from Trinidad and Tobago island, one Slovakian, nine Saudis, six Tajiks, two Tunisians, 29 Turkmen, three Uzbeks, two Iranians, two Spanish and two Italians.
The suspects were detained at the Turkish border when they tried to enter Syria illegally and were being treated by authorities as suspected “foreign terrorist fighters”, the sources added.
In a separate announcement made earlier on Wednesday, Turkish General Staff said that authorities stopped more than 400 people trying to illegally cross its borders within a recent 24-hour period.
Turkey shares a 900 kilometer long border with its neighbor and has received nearly two million refugees from the south ( see also – Mavi Marmara case ).
* An UN Security Council report in late 03/2015 said.more than 25,000 foreign fighters from 100 nations have travelled to join militant groups such as Al Qaeda and I.S.I.S via Turkey and the number are mounting all the time. It is a fair estimation that during the last half year over 7.000 foreign fighters went to Syria through Turkey. So the Turkish measures are no more than a”drop in the see”. The Turkish announcement is, most likely , coincided with the phone talk between President Obama and Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the same day, about conflicts in Iraq and Syria and the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, a fight in which Turkey is playing a double play.
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