Turkey oil smugglers say crackdown aimed at punishing Islamic State group has ended boom times

October 6, 2014 10:40 AM

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Turkey oil smugglers say crackdown aimed at punishing Islamic State group has ended boom times

FILE - In this Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 file photo, Turkish soldiers stand on a road near Hacipasa, Hatay, Turkey. At the peak of Turkey’s oil smuggling boom, the main transit point was a dusty hamlet called Hacipasa on the Orontes River that marks the border with Syria. Hacipasa has been a smuggling haven for decades, authorities and residents say. The fuel had come from oil wells in Iraq or Syria controlled by militants, including the Islamic State group, and was sold to middle men who smuggled it across the Turkish-Syrian border. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici, File) (The Associated Press)

In this Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014 photo, Sevda, a 22-year-old waitress, looks out from a bridge in Antakya, Turkey. Until a few months ago, Sevda had a side gig that earned her more than 20 times her normal salary: She ran smuggled diesel fuel from a small village on Turkey’s wild and dangerous border...

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