A Turkish prosecutor’s dismissal of an investigation into an Iranian-linked terrorist group has prompted allegations from a leading US counter-intelligence expert of a growing alliance between Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (MIT) and Iran.
The Tawhid-Salam group is suspected of conducting illegal surveillance in Turkey.
“The investigation has been going on for several years and was dropped this summer. The secular media [in Turkey] went bonkers,” John R. Schindler, a former counterintelligence officer with the US National Security Agency, told The Jerusalem Post in a telephone interview. Schindler first drew attention to the decision on his widely read blog The XX Committee last week.
The decision to pull the plug on the investigation had to have come “from the highest level of government. It was a last chance to make the case public. There was secular pushback in a limited sense, but they lost the battle,” Schindler said.