Foreign ISIL Recruits Using Fake Passports to Enter Syria through Turkey

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Middle East
Thursday, 26 February 2015

Foreign fighters seeking to join ISIL terrorist group are using black-market Syrian passports to enter through Turkish border checkpoints, according to smugglers operating in the area.

Since last summer, Turkish authorities have banned anyone but Syrian citizens from using official crossings, but Sky News has found that fake documents can be easily purchased from smugglers within hours.

The passports can be made to carry any name or photograph the buyer wishes to use.

The border crossing at Akcakale, in South Eastern Turkey leads to the Syrian town of Tel Abiad, which is under the control of the Takfiri group.

The area has become a key strategic smuggling route for ISIL terrorists, given its position just 60 miles North of the group’s main stronghold in the town of Raqqa.

Two smugglers who make their living bringing people in and out of Syria said the use of black-market passports was seen as an alternative to cross-border smuggling.

"It helps if they want to go - they have a whole new identity, which can get them across to the other side," one of the men said.

A 27-year-old former fighter, who claims he escaped the group before Christmas after being appalled at the beheading of a 14 year-old boy in Raqqah.

"The brutality was against Muslims," he said.

"…… now they are behaving with brutality towards fellow Muslims," he added.

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