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Oct 23, 2013


Turkey may be on the verge of resuming talks with the EU after a three-year hiatus, but it’s the country’s deteriorating relationship with the US that is hogging the headlines.

Brussels announced on October 22 that it will reopen accession talks via an inter-governmental conference on November 5, after a long hiatus. However, a day earlier, daily Taraf reported that the US Congress has cancelled a delivery of 10 Predator drones to Turkey – which had been agreed in 2011.

The US was keen to involve Ankara in its anti-terrorism efforts of targeting militants, but Congress (probably the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee, UPIreports) decided not to approve the drone sale to its Nato ally. That change of heart comes on the back of intelligence suggesting ties between Turkey’s Milli Istihbarat Teskilati (MIT) intelligence agency and Iran’s intelligence service are growing.

Those ties exploded onto the front pages after the Washington Post‘s David Ignatius on October 17 quoted “knowledgeable sources” as saying that the Turkish-Israeli relationship deteriorated to such a point last year that Ankara disclosed to Tehran the identity of up to 10 Iranians who had been meeting inside Turkey with their Mossad case officers.

Relations had begun souring after Israeli commandos in May 2010 raided a flotilla of humanitarian boats from Turkey that was trying to break the embargo of Gaza. Nine Turkish activists were killed during the operation. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu refused to apologise and there followed tit-for-tat cuts in diplomatic and military ties.

The report on the spying scandal specifically fingers Turkish intelligence chief, Hakan Fidan, who is apparently already considered suspect in Israel due to his links with Tehran. “Several years ago, Israeli intelligence officers are said to have described him facetiously to CIA officials as ‘the MOIS station chief in Ankara,’ a reference to Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security. The United States continued to deal with Fidan on sensitive matters, however,” the report claims.

Israel denies leaking the story to the Washington Post, insisting that such a move would clearly not help its attempts to push the ongoing rapprochement with Turkey. However, Ankara claims the leak is “black propaganda”. Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu claims the allegations are “without any foundation”. He does, however, acknowledge that Israel runs Iranian spies through Turkey.

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