A government official in Ankara said anonymously that two spies working for Iran were arrested in Turkey last month, AFP reports. In total, eight people were arrested as part of an operation aimed at the activities of the espionage network.
On September 24, “eight people were caught in a joint operation by the Turkish intelligence agency and the state police,” said the AFP source. Among the detainees, Turkish services identified two spies – a Turk and an Iranian. The six remaining detainees are associates of the agents.
Spies were to plan to deport the former Iranian military
The spies planned to kidnap and deport to Iran a former high-ranking military member of the Iranian army living in Turkey. His name has not been released. It is only known that he lives in the city of Van in eastern Turkey, about 100 km in a straight line from the border with Iran. Turkey and Iran maintain strong economic ties, but are arguing over the conflict in Syria. In February, one of the employees of the Iranian consulate in Istanbul was arrested. An employee of this Iranian representation was detained in connection with the investigation into the murder of an Iranian dissident in Turkey in 2019, the Turkish agency Anatolia reported.
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