Relations between Turkey and Israel have improved considerably, after more than a lost decade. Beneath the surface, however, their respective intelligence agencies are relentless. An MIT operation – the Turkish secret service – has dismantled in recent days a network of agents at the service of Mossad, the legendary Israeli foreign secret service. These arrests would have unmasked 56 agents, in nine cities. It is also the third blow to the Mossad in Turkish territory since last December.
The scoop from the Sabah newspaper, well connected to the Turkish government, reports that the seven detainees have confessed their links to the Mossad. His work, to spy on the many Arab exiles thrown into Istanbul -especially- after the now widespread failure of the so-called Arab Springs. The nine networks in question reported to as many Mossad mentors in Tel Aviv, according to the Turkish newspaper. His job was to find out the whereabouts of individuals targeted by the Mossad in Syria and Lebanon by hacking into their mobile phones and computers. Once their coordinates were established, they became potential targets for drone strikes.