5 days in the past Reuters information company reported that the Turkish Nationwide Intelligence Group (MIT) captured an agent who had been spying within the identify of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). We discovered the main points of the information from an article revealed the day past within the Washington Submit by its Istanbul consultant Kareem Fahim.
Accordingly, the agent who was caught is Ahmed al-Astal, a Palestine-origin Jordanian citizen. After residing within the UAE for a while, the place he moved in 2008, he was employed by the UAE intelligence and despatched to Turkey for clandestine operations. Astal lived on the Black Coastline. He concurrently labored as a journalist and for the UAE intelligence. His pc was discovered to have chat packages that allowed him to speak together with his UAE superiors.
‘SEE IF THE CONDITIONS ARE RIPE FOR A NEW COUP!’
So, what was this man, recruited by the UAE, concerned with in Turkey, what kind of stories did he ship to his superiors, what was he tasked with? Allow us to quote the Washington Submit for a greater understanding of Astal’s job description:
“After transferring to Turkey, he ‘targeting Turkey’s relations with the Muslim world, overseas coverage initiatives and home politics.’ He was additionally tasked with establishing whether or not the federal government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, which survived a coup try in 2016, was susceptible to a different one. And he ‘handed info to the UAE about Turkey-based Arab journalists and dissidents, who could also be susceptible to recruitment efforts by Emirati intelligence.’”
The three job descriptions on this paragraph additionally present an concept concerning the form of agenda the UAE has regarding Turkey and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
What kind of concept you ask?
To make use of the failings it finds, by following Turkey’s inside/overseas coverage, in its personal favor, to analysis circumstances which might be ripe for the occurence of a coup just like the July 15, 2016 occasion, and set up affect over the Arabs residing in Turkey who oppose the Gulf regimes.
Let’s make a journey down reminiscence lane.
Beforehand, two individuals who had been spying for the UAE had been caught and arrested by Turkish intelligence, and it was later reported that one in all them had dedicated suicide in jail.
Allow us to additionally make an observation concerning the communication side of the matter.
On this final incident, studying concerning the UAE agent’s arrest from Reuters and The Washington submit has the next significance: the truth that highly effective English-language media retailers revealed such a report, in a way, is the quickest method for the message, “Look, we caught your man,” to be delivered from Ankara to Abu Dhabi.
WHAT ELSE DID ASTAL CONFESS?
The UAE administration is but to make any assertion about this growth. In the event that they do communicate, they’ll almost definitely deny the report. Alternatively, the Washington Submit article states that Astal was spying for the UAE, nonetheless, there isn’t any details about what else he spiilled the beans on.
But, it’s stated that Astal revealed completely “the whole lot” about his relationship with UAE intelligence, and gave up essential info. Nevertheless, the overwhelming majority of this info is presently being stored confidential. So far as we are able to verify, solely the tip of the iceberg has been revealed to make the UAE administration marvel, “What and the way a lot has our man confessed?”
WHAT CONCLUSION CAN BE DRAWN FROM THIS SPY STORY?
This story might, at most, be thought-about a fraction of the damaging operations UAE is finishing up in opposition to Turkey. In accordance with the WP article, the Abu Dhabi administration paid a complete of $400,000 to this man, whom it used as a spy for greater than a decade. But, to calculate the cash the UAE paid for different anti-Turkey operations, we must communicate within the hundreds of thousands – as a matter of reality, within the billions.
In case you recall, we had mentioned on the subject of officers’ names on this column the UAE’s position within the coup makes an attempt in Turkey, together with July 15, 2016, and that it sacrificed $3 billion to make sure that purpose was achieved.
Lets keep in mind what President Erdoğan had stated again then (June 2017) in reference to the Abu Dhabi administration?
President Erdoğan had stated the next again then:
“If they’ve intelligence organizations, so will we. We all know very nicely who did what on that evening [July 15]. We’re very nicely conscious of who monitored the occasions Turkey. We all know very nicely the form of cash that has been spent.”
Allow us to finish with a query:
If the president at present repeated this assertion, which he made three-and-a-half years in the past, would its contents be thought-about outdated?