French Radio: “Turkish Border Still Full of Holes”
On January 20, Radio Monte Carlo carried a report entitled “French Nationals Leaving for Syria: Turkish Border Still Full of Holes”
“As Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve is due, Wednesday, to announce intelligence reinforcements on the ground, French nationals are still going out to Syria. According to our information, Turkey does not seem to have strengthened controls along its border with the country.
“Last September, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve visited Ankara to meet with his Turkish counterpart, Elfkin Ala. The purpose of the visit was “to improve communication” between the two countries’ intelligence services in connection with the struggle against jihadist networks. But as place Beauvau is due, Wednesday, to announce intelligence reinforcements on the ground following the recent attacks, French nationals are still leaving for Syria. Indeed, according to our information, Turkey has apparently not stepped up controls on its border with the country.
“All that is needed is a simple contact with a guide in Turkey. We managed to contact several of them. They all said they could enable us to reach Islamic State without any problems: “It is okay for you if you want to come. Do not worry, you will get across. French nationals have already done so,” one of them said. On paper, the procedure seems very simple: the guides arrange a rendezvous at a bus station in a city near the border. This is followed by an immediate departure for Syria, with one of them…”