“Turkey’s Role as Migrant Gateway is Source of New Urgency for E.U.,” by Alison Smale for the New York Times:
The Turkish border police detained eight Moroccans in Istanbul this week after becoming suspicious that they were Islamic radicals who planned to infiltrate Europe by joining the migrant stream.
The hotel where the men said they had booked rooms for a vacation denied having a reservation, and the men were carrying charts and papers seeming to show that they did not plan to stay in Turkey, but would instead follow the now well-worn migrant path west and north.
Turkey says it has detained about 1,000 suspected Islamic State extremists this year, but the eight men from Casablanca, reported Wednesday by the semi-official news agency Anadolu, were the first known to be flagged for trying to embed as refugees. Turkish authorities said some of the men were deported and some remained in custody…