Turkey — Bushfires at the Karkamış district of Turkeys southeastern border province of Gaziantep are posing a serious danger to local vegetation, especially with locals unable to put them out from fear of being attacked by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants right across the border.
Dangerous bushfires have begun spreading in Turkeys Gaziantep province right at the border with Syria. Having already engulfed many nearby trees and reduced them to ash, fruit orchards located near the flames have also dried up, severely impacting local agriculture.
Since the fires are located right at ground zero along the border, local residents are unable to put the flames out from fear of reprisal by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants situated right across the border in Syria.
There are rumors circulating that it was ISIL militants themselves who set the fires. Some sources suggest that the bushfires were set in order to decrease the visibility of US-led coalition aerial patrols, allowing ISIL militants to move about and reposition themselves without being spotted by patrolling jets or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV).