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    Al Qaeda next door.The turkish/syrian border

    Bab el Salam is a gate to paradise or a quick entry to hell, it depends what side you come from. Just 5 kilometers south of the turkish city of Kilis and 8 kilometers north of Azaz, a syrian rural town, now in hands of Islamic state in Iraq and Levant, a new brand of al Qaeda network in Syria. I walked about 15 minutes trough the long road between the turkish and the syrian crossborder gate, before a green bus with no passengers on board stop to get me on. Nobody is entering in Syria in this period. Turkish police border officers told me like a mantra: "don't go, it is dangerous even for few hours. Till now 14 journalists disapeared in this area". Anyway I had to accomplish my task and finish my investigation job:

    Are international jihadists still pouring in syrian conflict? What about the final destination of all hightech weapons till now have feeded all rebels factions? The AK 47 on a little wooden table was the only sign of border authorityin syrian side checkpoint. Ahmad, a young man with a scattered beard and white shirt, was the chief, even more younger were the other freedom fighters in this outpost. I suppose they were a detachment of Northern storm brigade of Fsa, but maybe was already a merged group of Fsa and Isil. After they fought one month ago in Azaz for the leadership of military opposition in these area, maybe they have found a deal. An agreement to fight Assad regime and a covenant to share crossborder smuggling. A big business. Hatay is a terminal were jihadists come before go into Syria trough illegal crosspoints along the border. Reyhanli is a small town where in little hotels and private houses those fighters for Islam stay few days before the great jump for jihad (few months ago a terrible blast of a bombing car ade more than 50 victims). Most of them come from Bosnia, Kosovo, Gulf's states but even from Algeria and Tunisia. And you can find someone not islamic fighter from Europe or from Usa. They joined the war against dictatorship. When they choose a brigade (khatiba) they seem don't care about how much radical is it but how well armed is. A mindset that only if you has been in Syria, you can understand. Now most of foregneirs poured in Isil and al Nusra become more syrian and "moderate". A way to open door to Fsa fighters want join stroger khatiba to keep on war against Assad. The presence of Kurdish brigades make syrian panorama even more complex than it be supposed. Now they are collecting hightech weapons for "next" war. Something concerning a lot Ankara government

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