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AP investigation finds evidence of Turkey’s new multi-layered crackdown on oil smuggling,

HACIPASA, Turkey (AP) — Sevda, a 22-year-old waitress in a brown apron, recounts how she made a small fortune running smuggled diesel from a village on Turkey’s wild and dangerous border with Syria.

But the days when she could earn 20 times her salary waiting tables came to an abrupt end several months ago when police arrested her and slapped her employers with a massive fine.The smuggled fuel came from oil wells in Iraq or Syria controlled by militants, including the Islamic State group, and was sold to middlemen who smuggled it across the Turkish-Syrian border.

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