Category: Turkey

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

Beyond Baghdadi: Turkey’s Discreet Relationship With ISIS

[This article first appeared in The New Republic, October 30, 2019] The elimination of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi amid the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria is exposing an enduring and underappreciated reality of the Middle East: the Islamic State has always had a special relationship with Turkish National Intelligence Office, known by its...


Turkish Paper Publishes Saudi Hit Squad’s Gruesome Conversations During Khashoggi’s Murder 

The conversations recorded prior to and during the Oct. 2, 2018 murder of the dissident journalist at the kingdom’s Istanbul consulate were obtained by Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (MIT) right after the gruesome incident, and were shared with related Turkish authorities carrying out an investigation into the incident, as well as with international officials and...

Turkish intelligence

Big Brother? New Turkish App Enables Expats to Report Erdogan Critics

The German counterintelligence service, the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV), has accused the Turkish intelligence agency, MIT, of developing an app used to report on Turkish expats living in Germany. The mobile app is designed to encourage “loyal” Turkish expats to inform on Turks living in Germany who sympathize with the...

Hakan Fidan MIT

Inside Turkey’s National Intelligence Office, MIT

(From Top World  Intelligence Agencies) The founder of modern-day Turkey, Mustafa Kamal Ataturk, created the country’s intelligence service in 1925.  In 1985, the agency was renamed National Intelligence Office, Millî İstihbarat Teşkilatı (MİT) and placed under the jurisdiction of the Prime Minister’s office. MIT in the news: NBA Star Has Reason to Fear Turkey’s Intelligence Service (01/08/2019)...