WASHINGTON — Turkey is now building a new wall along their border with Syria. They are struggling to keep order and prevent smuggling, illegal migration and possible threats from Islamist al-Qaeda fighters.
Reuters reported that pieces of concrete have started to appear along parts of the border in the Hatay province. That area is prominent in terms of smuggling arms, supplies and people, between the bordering countries.
Before, Turkey had kept an open-border policy along their border during the three-year-old Syrian civil war. This allowed aid to get to the rebel fighters, trying to topple longtime dictator and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
However, smuggling has spiked and refugees are putting a strain along the border.