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Kidnappings Are Driving Turkish Truckers Away

For 23 years, Turkish businessman Mehmet Emin Deger has been running a fleet of trucks to neighboring Iraq, ferrying motor oil, gasoline, food and tons of supplies to Iraqis and, more recently, to U.S. troops deployed in the troubled country. But kidnappings, killings, highway robberies and other chaos have forced Deger to cut his shipments by 70%. In the last two months, he has lost three trucks to armed gangs and had to ransom two other rigs. One of his drivers was killed; another was beaten, thrown into a river and left for dead; and a third — his cousin — was abducted, fate unknown.Full Story

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