Government Warning Issued for Turkey
The Drum Cussac has issued this latest warning for people traveling and living in the country of Turkey. This information is available to GeoBlue plan members from the GeoBlue website daily…
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Source: Drum Cussac
02/21/2015 (Turkey) – Emerging media reports indicate that an unnamed Swedish freelance journalist has gone missing along the Syrian-Turkey border. Information concerning his disappearance was issued on Friday, 20 February, by the Swedish Expressen newspaper. The authorities allegedly lost contact with him on 16 February. The journalist, based in the southern city of Gaziantep, reportedly planned to cross into Syria to reach territory controlled by the Islamic State (IS). An investigation is ongoing.
At this point, Swedish authorities have declined to provide additional information concerning the disappearance of the journalist. According to Russia Today, he was supposed to contact Swedish authorities once a day to confirm his status. He failed to do so, which prompted fears concerning his abduction. Given the lack of information, the status of the journalist remains unclear. Areas between Turkey and Syria are known to be used by criminal networks that periodically resort to violence and kidnappings to protect their interests. IS militants in Syria and Iraq have kidnapped and murdered multiple foreign journalists as part of their propaganda efforts. IS it thought to have the capability to extend their operations across the border into Turkey.
The disappearance of the Swedish journalist underscores the risk associated with travel near the southern border with Syria. IS controls Syrian territory facing the Gazantiep region and may use its presence to conduct cross-border operations. Clients with mission critical travel needs along the Syria border should do so under strict risk management procedure while maintaining contact with Turkish and national authorities as well as with trusted security providers.
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