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Turkey's Dual Battle: International Crime Rings and Afghan Refugees

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Safak Costu
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Turkey's Dual Battle: International Crime Rings and Afghan Refugees

On a chilly December morning in Istanbul, Turkish police, after a painstaking investigation, managed to capture the leader of a notorious British gang involved in a myriad of criminal activities including drug smuggling, illegal gun trading, and robbery. The gang, steeped in the nefarious trade of cocaine and heroin distribution, was also infamous for their armed robberies. This operation comes as a significant milestone in a series of busts and arrests aimed at curbing the spread of international organised crime rings.

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The Deportation of Afghans

In parallel to these efforts, Turkey has seen a surge in the deportation of Afghans. Over the past few weeks, nearly 4,000 Afghans have been sent back to their homeland from Turkey, a move that coincides with large-scale deportations from neighbouring Pakistan and Iran. The deportees, escaping from the clutches of the Taliban, now face a dire economic and humanitarian crisis and the looming threat of retribution under the Taliban regime.

Refugees and the Security Situation

Many Afghans who fled their native country after the Taliban seized power saw Turkey as a safe haven. However, their journey was far from tranquil. Turkish security forces have faced accusations of using live ammunition and physical force to prevent Afghans from entering. Those who do manage to cross the border often face arbitrary detention and forced deportation. This situation raises serious questions about the security situation and the treatment of refugees in Turkey.

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