File - Concrete slabs are placed on the Turkish-Syrian border during the construction of a wall in Reyhanli, southern Hatay province April 28, 2014.(REUTERS/Cihan News Agency)
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Turkey has started building a new wall along a fragment of its southeastern border with Syria as it struggles against smuggling, illegal migration and the threat from Al-Qaeda fighters among Syria's rebel ranks.That has compounded the challenge of securing the 900-km border for Turkey's authorities, already accused of doing too little to stop foreign jihadists from entering Syria and posing an even bigger risk to the wider region.Sugar sells for about 50 U.S. cents a kilogram in Syria, where it is produced, but garners more than double that in Turkey, those involved in the trade say.Gendarmes man checkpoints looking out toward Syria, while two armored personnel carriers stand at the ready.Turkey started building a similar wall along a fraction of its border further east last October at Nusaybin, a district 10 km north of the Syrian town of Qamishli, where Kurds have regularly clashed with rebel units.At one end of the new wall near Kusakli, a Syrian farmer in a long kaftan said he used to pay 1,000 Syrian pounds ($6.75) for passage back to Syria.
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