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Soviet Southern flank history

Syrian Conflict Raises Walls for Brides Who Cross Border
By SUSANNE GÜSTEN
Published: March 14, 2012
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NUSAYBIN — From the roof of the mud-brick compound where she lives with her husband of two years, his sons and his 22 grandchildren, Sahnaz Ete, 36, strained last week to make out her home town of Amuda in the distance.
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Susanne Güsten for the International Herald Tribune
From the roof of her married home in Yukariyenikoy on the Turkish side of the border, Sahnaz Ete can see her Syrian home town of Amuda – but she cannot go there, because the border gate is closed and the border is mined.

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“I miss my mother and father and all my relatives over there, and I’m worried about them,” she said, speaking in Kurdish, as she peered from her perch in the Turkish village of Yukariyenikoy across the mined border into Syria, where Amuda was just discernible in a haze about five kilometers, or three miles, away.

“I’m in touch with them because I gave them a Turkish mobile phone line last year, before the border closed,” she said. “So I know things are hard for them, because of the shortages, but I can’t get to them because of the land mines.”

Mined by the Turkish Army in the 1950s, when Turkey guarded the southeastern flank of NATO and Syria was aligned with the Soviet Union,

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