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Turkey reinforces border to block any Afghan migrant wave

Migrants, mainly from Afghanistan, are seen after they were detained by Turkish security forces during an operation in the border city of Van, Turkey late August 21, 2021. Afghans who manage to make the weeks-long journey through Iran on foot to the Turkish border face a three-meter high wall, ditches or barbed wire as Turkish authorities step up efforts to block any refugee influx into the country.

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Migrants, mainly from Afghanistan, are seen after they were detained by Turkish security forces during an operation in the border city of Van, Turkey late August 21, 2021. Afghans who manage to make the weeks-long journey through Iran on foot to the...more

Migrants, mainly from Afghanistan, are seen after they were detained by Turkish security forces during an operation in the border city of Van, Turkey late August 21, 2021. Afghans who manage to make the weeks-long journey through Iran on foot to the Turkish border face a three-meter high wall, ditches or barbed wire as Turkish authorities step up efforts to block any refugee influx into the country. REUTERS/Murad Sezer
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A migrant family from Afghanistan, caught by Turkish security forces after crossing illegally into Turkey from Iran, is pictured in a room at a migrant processing centre in the border city of Van, Turkey August 22, 2021. The beefed up border measures in Turkey, which already hosts nearly 4 million Syrian refugees and is a staging post for many migrants trying to reach Europe, began as the Taliban started advancing in Afghanistan and took over Kabul last week.

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A migrant family from Afghanistan, caught by Turkish security forces after crossing illegally into Turkey from Iran, is pictured in a room at a migrant processing centre in the border city of Van, Turkey August 22, 2021. The beefed up border measures...more

A migrant family from Afghanistan, caught by Turkish security forces after crossing illegally into Turkey from Iran, is pictured in a room at a migrant processing centre in the border city of Van, Turkey August 22, 2021. The beefed up border measures in Turkey, which already hosts nearly 4 million Syrian refugees and is a staging post for many migrants trying to reach Europe, began as the Taliban started advancing in Afghanistan and took over Kabul last week. REUTERS/Murad Sezer
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Turkish soldiers stand guard at a military post on the Turkish-Iranian border in Van province, Turkey late August 21, 2021. Authorities plan to add another 64 km by the end of the year to a border wall started in 2017. Ditches, wire and security patrols around the clock will cover the rest of the 560 km frontier.

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Turkish soldiers stand guard at a military post on the Turkish-Iranian border in Van province, Turkey late August 21, 2021. Authorities plan to add another 64 km by the end of the year to a border wall started in 2017. Ditches, wire and security...more

Turkish soldiers stand guard at a military post on the Turkish-Iranian border in Van province, Turkey late August 21, 2021. Authorities plan to add another 64 km by the end of the year to a border wall started in 2017. Ditches, wire and security patrols around the clock will cover the rest of the 560 km frontier. REUTERS/Murad Sezer
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A Turkish soldier search the area using a night vision camera during a patrol on the Turkish-Iranian border in Van province, Turkey late August 21, 2021. Turkey is not the only country putting up barriers: Its neighbor Greece has just completed a 40-km fence and surveillance system to keep out migrants who still manage to enter Turkey and try to reach the European Union.

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A Turkish soldier search the area using a night vision camera during a patrol on the Turkish-Iranian border in Van province, Turkey late August 21, 2021. Turkey is not the only country putting up barriers: Its neighbor Greece has just completed a...more

A Turkish soldier search the area using a night vision camera during a patrol on the Turkish-Iranian border in Van province, Turkey late August 21, 2021. Turkey is not the only country putting up barriers: Its neighbor Greece has just completed a 40-km fence and surveillance system to keep out migrants who still manage to enter Turkey and try to reach the European Union. REUTERS/Murad Sezer
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Migrants from Afghanistan, caught by Turkish security forces after crossing illegally into Turkey from Iran, wait for registration at a re-patriation centre in the border city of Van, Turkey August 22, 2021. Authorities say there are 182,000 registered Afghan migrants in Turkey and up to an estimated 120,000 unregistered ones. President Tayyip Erdogan urged European countries to take responsibility for any new influx, warning that Turkey had no intention of becoming "Europe's migrant storage unit."

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Migrants from Afghanistan, caught by Turkish security forces after crossing illegally into Turkey from Iran, wait for registration at a re-patriation centre in the border city of Van, Turkey August 22, 2021. Authorities say there are 182,000...more

Migrants from Afghanistan, caught by Turkish security forces after crossing illegally into Turkey from Iran, wait for registration at a re-patriation centre in the border city of Van, Turkey August 22, 2021. Authorities say there are 182,000 registered Afghan migrants in Turkey and up to an estimated 120,000 unregistered ones. President Tayyip Erdogan urged European countries to take responsibility for any new influx, warning that Turkey had no intention of becoming "Europe's migrant storage unit." REUTERS/Murad Sezer
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Migrants, mainly from Afghanistan, are seen after they were detained by Turkish security forces during an operation in the border city of Van, Turkey late August 21, 2021. The number of irregular Afghan migrants detained in Turkey so far this year is less than a fifth of the number detained in 2019, and officials say they have not yet seen signs of a major surge since last week's Taliban victory, though the long distances mean refugees could take weeks to arrive.

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Migrants, mainly from Afghanistan, are seen after they were detained by Turkish security forces during an operation in the border city of Van, Turkey late August 21, 2021. The number of irregular Afghan migrants detained in Turkey so far this year is...more

Migrants, mainly from Afghanistan, are seen after they were detained by Turkish security forces during an operation in the border city of Van, Turkey late August 21, 2021. The number of irregular Afghan migrants detained in Turkey so far this year is less than a fifth of the number detained in 2019, and officials say they have not yet seen signs of a major surge since last week's Taliban victory, though the long distances mean refugees could take weeks to arrive. REUTERS/Murad Sezer
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Turkish soldiers in armored military vehicles patrol along a wall on the border line between Turkey and Iran in Van province, Turkey August 21, 2021. The Turkish side of the mountainous border with Iran is lined by bases and watchtowers. Patrol cars monitor around the clock for movement on the Iranian side, from where migrants, smugglers and Kurdish militants frequently try to cross into Turkey. Migrants who are spotted getting through at the border are returned to the Iranian side, though most return and try again, according to security forces.

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Turkish soldiers in armored military vehicles patrol along a wall on the border line between Turkey and Iran in Van province, Turkey August 21, 2021. The Turkish side of the mountainous border with Iran is lined by bases and watchtowers. Patrol cars...more

Turkish soldiers in armored military vehicles patrol along a wall on the border line between Turkey and Iran in Van province, Turkey August 21, 2021. The Turkish side of the mountainous border with Iran is lined by bases and watchtowers. Patrol cars monitor around the clock for movement on the Iranian side, from where migrants, smugglers and Kurdish militants frequently try to cross into Turkey. Migrants who are spotted getting through at the border are returned to the Iranian side, though most return and try again, according to security forces. REUTERS/Murad Sezer
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Turkish commandos, with a wall on the border line between Turkey and Iran in the background, stand near a military post in Van province, Turkey August 21, 2021. Roads leading from the border are lined with checkpoints. Migrants who make it through are hidden by smugglers in houses - often dirty, ramshackle buildings underground or in deep dried riverbeds - waiting to be moved to western Turkey.

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Turkish commandos, with a wall on the border line between Turkey and Iran in the background, stand near a military post in Van province, Turkey August 21, 2021. Roads leading from the border are lined with checkpoints. Migrants who make it through...more

Turkish commandos, with a wall on the border line between Turkey and Iran in the background, stand near a military post in Van province, Turkey August 21, 2021. Roads leading from the border are lined with checkpoints. Migrants who make it through are hidden by smugglers in houses - often dirty, ramshackle buildings underground or in deep dried riverbeds - waiting to be moved to western Turkey. REUTERS/Murad Sezer
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A Turkish soldier stands guard at a military post in Caldiran on the Turkish-Iranian border in Van province, Turkey August 21, 2021. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

A Turkish soldier stands guard at a military post in Caldiran on the Turkish-Iranian border in Van province, Turkey August 21, 2021. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

A Turkish soldier stands guard at a military post in Caldiran on the Turkish-Iranian border in Van province, Turkey August 21, 2021. REUTERS/Murad Sezer
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A Turkish military helicopter patrols over the Turkish-Iranian border in Van province, Turkey August 21, 2021. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

A Turkish military helicopter patrols over the Turkish-Iranian border in Van province, Turkey August 21, 2021. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

A Turkish military helicopter patrols over the Turkish-Iranian border in Van province, Turkey August 21, 2021. REUTERS/Murad Sezer
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A Turkish commando stands guard near a wall on the border line between Turkey and Iran in Van province, Turkey August 21, 2021. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

A Turkish commando stands guard near a wall on the border line between Turkey and Iran in Van province, Turkey August 21, 2021. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

A Turkish commando stands guard near a wall on the border line between Turkey and Iran in Van province, Turkey August 21, 2021. REUTERS/Murad Sezer
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Migrants, mainly from Afghanistan, are seen after they were detained by Turkish security forces during an operation in the border city of Van, Turkey late August 21, 2021. On Saturday police captured 25 migrants, mostly Afghans, behind a dilapidated building in Van's Hacibekir neighborhood. "We thought we will have facilities here, we will earn to support our parents. There, there are Taliban to kill us," said 20-year-old Zaynullah, one of those detained. He said he arrived in Turkey two days earlier after traveling on foot for 80 days.

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Migrants, mainly from Afghanistan, are seen after they were detained by Turkish security forces during an operation in the border city of Van, Turkey late August 21, 2021. On Saturday police captured 25 migrants, mostly Afghans, behind a dilapidated...more

Migrants, mainly from Afghanistan, are seen after they were detained by Turkish security forces during an operation in the border city of Van, Turkey late August 21, 2021. On Saturday police captured 25 migrants, mostly Afghans, behind a dilapidated building in Van's Hacibekir neighborhood. "We thought we will have facilities here, we will earn to support our parents. There, there are Taliban to kill us," said 20-year-old Zaynullah, one of those detained. He said he arrived in Turkey two days earlier after traveling on foot for 80 days. REUTERS/Murad Sezer
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Afghan migrant couple Sayyed Fahim Mousavi and Morsal Mousavi are pictured with their children at a migrant processing centre in the border city of Van, Turkey August 22, 2021. Mousavi, a 26-year-old, said he fled his home in Kabul a month ago, before the Taliban came, fearing they would kill him because he had worked as a driver for the Americans and Turks. His 22-year-old wife, Morsal, said they took the journey through Iran mostly on foot to escape the Taliban. "They harm women. After raping them, they kill them. They behead the men," she said, holding her two children, aged two and five. "We don't want to go back. Just let us stay here."

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Afghan migrant couple Sayyed Fahim Mousavi and Morsal Mousavi are pictured with their children at a migrant processing centre in the border city of Van, Turkey August 22, 2021. Mousavi, a 26-year-old, said he fled his home in Kabul a month ago,...more

Afghan migrant couple Sayyed Fahim Mousavi and Morsal Mousavi are pictured with their children at a migrant processing centre in the border city of Van, Turkey August 22, 2021. Mousavi, a 26-year-old, said he fled his home in Kabul a month ago, before the Taliban came, fearing they would kill him because he had worked as a driver for the Americans and Turks. His 22-year-old wife, Morsal, said they took the journey through Iran mostly on foot to escape the Taliban. "They harm women. After raping them, they kill them. They behead the men," she said, holding her two children, aged two and five. "We don't want to go back. Just let us stay here." REUTERS/Murad Sezer
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Afghan migrant Benevse and her two-year old son Rehimullah wait for a medical check at a migrant processing centre in the border city of Van, Turkey August 22, 2021. After processing, migrants are taken to a repatriation center, where they can spend up to 12 months before being sent back to their home country. Those repatriations have been halted for Afghans now, leaving around 7,500 Afghans in limbo in various repatriation centers.

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Afghan migrant Benevse and her two-year old son Rehimullah wait for a medical check at a migrant processing centre in the border city of Van, Turkey August 22, 2021. After processing, migrants are taken to a repatriation center, where they can spend...more

Afghan migrant Benevse and her two-year old son Rehimullah wait for a medical check at a migrant processing centre in the border city of Van, Turkey August 22, 2021. After processing, migrants are taken to a repatriation center, where they can spend up to 12 months before being sent back to their home country. Those repatriations have been halted for Afghans now, leaving around 7,500 Afghans in limbo in various repatriation centers. REUTERS/Murad Sezer
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Migrants, mainly from Afghanistan, are seen after they were detained by Turkish security forces during an operation in the border city of Van, Turkey late August 21, 2021. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

Migrants, mainly from Afghanistan, are seen after they were detained by Turkish security forces during an operation in the border city of Van, Turkey late August 21, 2021. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

Migrants, mainly from Afghanistan, are seen after they were detained by Turkish security forces during an operation in the border city of Van, Turkey late August 21, 2021. REUTERS/Murad Sezer
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Migrants, mainly from Afghanistan, are seen after they were detained by Turkish security forces during an operation in the border city of Van, Turkey late August 21, 2021. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

Migrants, mainly from Afghanistan, are seen after they were detained by Turkish security forces during an operation in the border city of Van, Turkey late August 21, 2021. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

Migrants, mainly from Afghanistan, are seen after they were detained by Turkish security forces during an operation in the border city of Van, Turkey late August 21, 2021. REUTERS/Murad Sezer
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An Afghan migrant, caught by Turkish security forces after crossing illegally into Turkey from Iran, waits for registration at a migrant processing centre in the border city of Van, Turkey August 22, 2021. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

An Afghan migrant, caught by Turkish security forces after crossing illegally into Turkey from Iran, waits for registration at a migrant processing centre in the border city of Van, Turkey August 22, 2021. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

An Afghan migrant, caught by Turkish security forces after crossing illegally into Turkey from Iran, waits for registration at a migrant processing centre in the border city of Van, Turkey August 22, 2021. REUTERS/Murad Sezer
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Reyhan Mirzai, a four-year old Afghan migrant girl, caught by Turkish security forces after crossing illegally into Turkey from Iran with her family, gets a medical check at a migrant processing centre in the border city of Van, Turkey August 22, 2021. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

Reyhan Mirzai, a four-year old Afghan migrant girl, caught by Turkish security forces after crossing illegally into Turkey from Iran with her family, gets a medical check at a migrant processing centre in the border city of Van, Turkey August 22,...more

Reyhan Mirzai, a four-year old Afghan migrant girl, caught by Turkish security forces after crossing illegally into Turkey from Iran with her family, gets a medical check at a migrant processing centre in the border city of Van, Turkey August 22, 2021. REUTERS/Murad Sezer
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Migrants play soccer at a repatriation centre in the border city of Van, Turkey August 22, 2021. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

Migrants play soccer at a repatriation centre in the border city of Van, Turkey August 22, 2021. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

Migrants play soccer at a repatriation centre in the border city of Van, Turkey August 22, 2021. REUTERS/Murad Sezer
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A migrant family from Afghanistan, caught by Turkish security forces after crossing illegally into Turkey from Iran, is seen in their room at a migrant processing centre in the border city of Van, Turkey August 22, 2021. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

A migrant family from Afghanistan, caught by Turkish security forces after crossing illegally into Turkey from Iran, is seen in their room at a migrant processing centre in the border city of Van, Turkey August 22, 2021. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

A migrant family from Afghanistan, caught by Turkish security forces after crossing illegally into Turkey from Iran, is seen in their room at a migrant processing centre in the border city of Van, Turkey August 22, 2021. REUTERS/Murad Sezer
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Migrants, mostly from Afghanistan, wait in line for lunch at a repatriation centre in the border city of Van, Turkey August 22, 2021. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

Migrants, mostly from Afghanistan, wait in line for lunch at a repatriation centre in the border city of Van, Turkey August 22, 2021. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

Migrants, mostly from Afghanistan, wait in line for lunch at a repatriation centre in the border city of Van, Turkey August 22, 2021. REUTERS/Murad Sezer
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Migrants, mainly from Afghanistan, are seen after they were detained by Turkish security forces during an operation in the border city of Van, Turkey late August 21, 2021. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

Migrants, mainly from Afghanistan, are seen after they were detained by Turkish security forces during an operation in the border city of Van, Turkey late August 21, 2021. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

Migrants, mainly from Afghanistan, are seen after they were detained by Turkish security forces during an operation in the border city of Van, Turkey late August 21, 2021. REUTERS/Murad Sezer
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A migrant family from Afghanistan, caught by Turkish security forces after crossing illegally into Turkey from Iran, arrives at a migrant processing centre in the border city of Van, Turkey August 22, 2021. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

A migrant family from Afghanistan, caught by Turkish security forces after crossing illegally into Turkey from Iran, arrives at a migrant processing centre in the border city of Van, Turkey August 22, 2021. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

A migrant family from Afghanistan, caught by Turkish security forces after crossing illegally into Turkey from Iran, arrives at a migrant processing centre in the border city of Van, Turkey August 22, 2021. REUTERS/Murad Sezer
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An Afghan girl, caught by Turkish security forces after crossing illegally into Turkey from Iran with her family, sleeps in their room at a migrant processing centre in the border city of Van, Turkey August 22, 2021. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

An Afghan girl, caught by Turkish security forces after crossing illegally into Turkey from Iran with her family, sleeps in their room at a migrant processing centre in the border city of Van, Turkey August 22, 2021. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

An Afghan girl, caught by Turkish security forces after crossing illegally into Turkey from Iran with her family, sleeps in their room at a migrant processing centre in the border city of Van, Turkey August 22, 2021. REUTERS/Murad Sezer
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A migrant family from Afghanistan, caught by Turkish security forces after crossing illegally into Turkey from Iran, is pictured in a room at a migrant processing centre in the border city of Van, Turkey August 22, 2021. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

A migrant family from Afghanistan, caught by Turkish security forces after crossing illegally into Turkey from Iran, is pictured in a room at a migrant processing centre in the border city of Van, Turkey August 22, 2021. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

A migrant family from Afghanistan, caught by Turkish security forces after crossing illegally into Turkey from Iran, is pictured in a room at a migrant processing centre in the border city of Van, Turkey August 22, 2021. REUTERS/Murad Sezer
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Migrants mostly from Afghanistan, caught by Turkish security forces after crossing illegally into Turkey from Iran, wait for registration at a repatriation centre in the border city of Van, Turkey August 22, 2021. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

Migrants mostly from Afghanistan, caught by Turkish security forces after crossing illegally into Turkey from Iran, wait for registration at a repatriation centre in the border city of Van, Turkey August 22, 2021. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

Migrants mostly from Afghanistan, caught by Turkish security forces after crossing illegally into Turkey from Iran, wait for registration at a repatriation centre in the border city of Van, Turkey August 22, 2021. REUTERS/Murad Sezer
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Migrants, mainly from Afghanistan, are seen after they were detained by Turkish security forces during an operation in the border city of Van, Turkey late August 21, 2021. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

Migrants, mainly from Afghanistan, are seen after they were detained by Turkish security forces during an operation in the border city of Van, Turkey late August 21, 2021. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

Migrants, mainly from Afghanistan, are seen after they were detained by Turkish security forces during an operation in the border city of Van, Turkey late August 21, 2021. REUTERS/Murad Sezer
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Turkish soldiers get ready for a night patrol on the Turkish-Iranian border in Van province, Turkey late August 21, 2021. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

Turkish soldiers get ready for a night patrol on the Turkish-Iranian border in Van province, Turkey late August 21, 2021. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

Turkish soldiers get ready for a night patrol on the Turkish-Iranian border in Van province, Turkey late August 21, 2021. REUTERS/Murad Sezer
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A Turkish Coast Guard boat returns from a patrol at Lake Van in the border city of Van, Turkey August 22, 2021. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

A Turkish Coast Guard boat returns from a patrol at Lake Van in the border city of Van, Turkey August 22, 2021. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

A Turkish Coast Guard boat returns from a patrol at Lake Van in the border city of Van, Turkey August 22, 2021. REUTERS/Murad Sezer
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A Turkish soldier, with Iranian soldiers in the background, stands guard on the Turkish-Iranian border in Van province, Turkey August 21, 2021. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

A Turkish soldier, with Iranian soldiers in the background, stands guard on the Turkish-Iranian border in Van province, Turkey August 21, 2021. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

A Turkish soldier, with Iranian soldiers in the background, stands guard on the Turkish-Iranian border in Van province, Turkey August 21, 2021. REUTERS/Murad Sezer
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A Turkish Gendarmerie mine expert searches on the Turkish-Iranian border in Van province, Turkey August 21, 2021. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

A Turkish Gendarmerie mine expert searches on the Turkish-Iranian border in Van province, Turkey August 21, 2021. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

A Turkish Gendarmerie mine expert searches on the Turkish-Iranian border in Van province, Turkey August 21, 2021. REUTERS/Murad Sezer
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A member of Turkish police special forces stands guard at a military post in Caldiran on the Turkish-Iranian border in Van province, Turkey August 21, 2021. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

A member of Turkish police special forces stands guard at a military post in Caldiran on the Turkish-Iranian border in Van province, Turkey August 21, 2021. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

A member of Turkish police special forces stands guard at a military post in Caldiran on the Turkish-Iranian border in Van province, Turkey August 21, 2021. REUTERS/Murad Sezer
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A wall on the border line between Turkey and Iran is pictured from a military helicopter in Van province, Turkey August 21, 2021. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

A wall on the border line between Turkey and Iran is pictured from a military helicopter in Van province, Turkey August 21, 2021. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

A wall on the border line between Turkey and Iran is pictured from a military helicopter in Van province, Turkey August 21, 2021. REUTERS/Murad Sezer
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Turkish soldiers in armored military vehicles patrol along a wall on the border line between Turkey and Iran in Van province, Turkey August 21, 2021. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

Turkish soldiers in armored military vehicles patrol along a wall on the border line between Turkey and Iran in Van province, Turkey August 21, 2021. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

Turkish soldiers in armored military vehicles patrol along a wall on the border line between Turkey and Iran in Van province, Turkey August 21, 2021. REUTERS/Murad Sezer
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A wall on the border line between Turkey and Iran is seen behind a military post in Caldiran in Van province, Turkey August 21, 2021. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

A wall on the border line between Turkey and Iran is seen behind a military post in Caldiran in Van province, Turkey August 21, 2021. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

A wall on the border line between Turkey and Iran is seen behind a military post in Caldiran in Van province, Turkey August 21, 2021. REUTERS/Murad Sezer
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A Turkish Gendarmerie mine expert searches on the Turkish-Iranian border in Van province, Turkey August 21, 2021. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

A Turkish Gendarmerie mine expert searches on the Turkish-Iranian border in Van province, Turkey August 21, 2021. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

A Turkish Gendarmerie mine expert searches on the Turkish-Iranian border in Van province, Turkey August 21, 2021. REUTERS/Murad Sezer
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A sign warning about mines is seen on the Turkish-Iranian border in Van province, Turkey August 21, 2021. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

A sign warning about mines is seen on the Turkish-Iranian border in Van province, Turkey August 21, 2021. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

A sign warning about mines is seen on the Turkish-Iranian border in Van province, Turkey August 21, 2021. REUTERS/Murad Sezer
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