A sign shows the price of euro diesel officially sold at petrol stations near Kirikhan, Hatay province, September 12, 2013. One litre of diesel is 4.05 Turkish Lira while one litre of smuggled diesel ... more 
A sign shows the price of euro diesel officially sold at petrol stations near Kirikhan, Hatay province, September 12, 2013. One litre of diesel is 4.05 Turkish Lira while one litre of smuggled diesel is 2 Turkish Lira. Each night, a stream of beaten-up cars and trucks weighed down with blue jerry cans rumbles along the muddy lane, ferrying fuel smuggled into Turkey from over the border in Syria. The thousands of liters of diesel that make their way by cover of darkness to Turkey's southern Hatay province are a financial lifeline for Syria's rebels, as well as a source of income for Turkish middlemen. Much of the oil is sourced from Syria's eastern Deir al-Zor province, a region critical to the country's overall output, which largely fell under the control of a network of tribes and smugglers earlier this year. Fuel is heavily taxed in Turkey, meaning the black market for illegal imports from Syria, however crudely refined in makeshift facilities, is thriving and sends cash back to the rebels fighting against President Bashar al-Assad. Picture taken September 12, 2013. REUTERS/Umit Bektas (TURKEY - Tags: POLITICS CONFLICT BUSINESS CRIME LAW) less 
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Fri, Sep 13, 2013 6:59 AM EDT