Turkey’s foreign minister has seemingly confirmed some of the allegations
regarding his country’s intelligence chief.
Recent reports in the US
media criticized Turkish intelligence chief Hakan Fidan for supporting Islamists
in Syria and exposing Mossad spies active in Iran.
“When you read these
articles, Hakan Fidan is accused of establishing an independent intelligence
structure and not letting other intelligence agencies operate in
Turkey. Therefore, he is being blamed for doing his job,” Foreign
Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said in an interview on Friday night, as reported by
the Turkish daily newspaper, Hurriyet.
An article in The Washington Post
on Thursday quoted knowledgeable sources as saying that Ankara exposed the
Mossad’s operations in Iran by blowing the cover of up to 10 Iranians who had
been meeting with Israeli agents in Turkey.
Fidan allegedly gave Iran the
identities of the spies.
The Wall Street Journal reported that Fidan was
orchestrating the arming of Islamists in the Syrian opposition, particularly
Muslim Brotherhood-linked groups. Senior US officials said Fidan gave Iran
sensitive intelligence three years ago collected by the US and
Davutoglu said the accusations regarding Fidan were contradictory
in that he was accused of supporting both Iran and its enemies in
“Turkey is not a country where other intelligence units can
comfortably perform operations. This is a requirement of independence,”
he said. “I am not saying that the claims are true, but after all, every
intelligence agency works for the interest of its own country.”
reported on Saturday that Ankara sees Israel behind the campaign against its
“We see this media campaign as an attack and there
might be an Israeli effort behind it,” a Turkish intelligence source
Separately, Turkey’s birthrate continues to fall and is projected
to be around 2.02 births per woman by 2019, according to the Turkish
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been pushing Turks to have