Turkey seeks long jail terms over alleged plot to nab Iranian major

Mehrdad Abdarbashi, a major and air-force helicopter pilot had been living as an asylum-seeker in Van, eastern Turkey. (Supplied) March 3, 2022 Turkish prosecutors seek a 30-year prison sentence for 11 defendants, including at least one Iranian, charged over an alleged scheme to abduct Mehrdad Abdarbashi, an Iranian military pilot who fled to [...]

By |March 3rd, 2022|Turkey|

Iran impounds smuggled rare antiques at Turkish border

Iranian security forces on the border with Azerbaijan, September 27, 2020. (Twitter) February 19, 2022 Iran has seized a cargo of antique goods and ancient artifacts smugglers planned to take out through Turkey. Rouhollah Latifi, spokesperson for the Customs Administration office, said Friday that 570 items confiscated included old coins and books. The [...]

By |February 19th, 2022|Turkey|

Iran-linked hacker group targets Turkey’s cyber network

Iranian state-sponsored hackers attack Israel on a daily basis, according the Benjamin Netanyahu. (Getty) February 18, 2022 Iran has escalated its longstanding cyber campaign against Turkey through state-sponsored hackers, who have targeted high-profile governmental and private websites in the country since November 2021. Experts believe that the upgraded cyber assault is a reaction [...]

By |February 18th, 2022|Turkey|

Iran’s cyber operations against Turkey should be a wakeup call for Erdogan

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. (Bloomberg) By Aykan Erdemir and Annie Fixler February 15, 2022 As Turkey’s Islamist President Recep Tayyip Erdogan signals his intention to mend ties with Israel, Iranian state-sponsored hackers have been targeting government and private-sector entities across Turkey, researchers at Cisco Talos Intelligence Group revealed in January. Iran’s latest cyber operation should be [...]

By |February 15th, 2022|Turkey|

Turkish intelligence briefs media on ‘Iranian kidnap plot’

A security officer stands guard in front of an Istanbul courthouse on July 17, 2019. (AFP) February 12, 2022 Turkey's intelligence (MIT) Friday supplied local media details of its detention of 14 Iranians and Turks it says were involved in kidnapping Iranians. Footage shown by Turkish media Friday included arrests, searches of suspects' homes, [...]

By |February 12th, 2022|Turkey|

Turkey busts Iranian cell plotting to kill Israeli tycoon

Turkish-Israeli businessman Yair Geller is seen in this undated photo. (Social media) February 11, 2022 Turkey arrested eight people in an alleged Iranian plot to assassinate Israeli-Turkish businessman Yair Geller in revenge for killing of its nuclear scientist. According to local media on Friday, the Turkish intelligence agency, MIT, shared the information with Mossad when [...]

By |February 11th, 2022|Israel, Turkey|

17 arrested in Turkey for plotting to kidnap an opponent of the Islamic Republic

Turkish security officers arresting an Iranian leader of a drug cartel in Turkey, undated. (Supplied) February 11, 2022 Turkey has arrested 17 individuals as accomplices of Iran’s Intelligence Ministry in a plot to kidnap an opponent of the Islamic Republic residing in Turkey. All are charged with espionage, reported Turkish media on February [...]

By |February 11th, 2022|Turkey|

Iranian refugees face deportation after attending protest in Turkey

Demonstrators protest against gender-based violence in Istanbul. (AFP) February 9, 2022 Three Iranian refugees face being deported from Turkey after they were arrested for taking part in a demonstration against Ankara’s withdrawal from the Istanbul convention on violence against women. Lily Faraji, Zeinab Sahafi and Ismail Fattahi were arrested after attending a protest [...]

By |February 9th, 2022|Turkey|

Will Iranian-backed militias attack Turkey in Iraq?

Destroyed headquarters of Kataib Hezbollah militia group are seen after an air strike in Qaim, Iraq, December 30, 2019. (REUTERS) February 9, 2022 Kataib Hezbollah, which is an Iranian-backed group in Iraq, reportedly threatened Turkish forces in Iraq over the weekend. Turkey has numerous outposts and bases in northern Iraq, and Ankara often [...]

By |February 9th, 2022|Iraq, Turkey|

Iranian gas flows to Turkey at 50 percent of guaranteed levels: Sources

Facilities at the South Pars gas field are illuminated at night in Assaluyeh, Iran. (Reuters) February 2, 2022 Iranian natural gas flows to Turkey are currently at around 50 percent of daily guaranteed levels and repairs to the pipeline on the Iranian side of the border have been postponed until the Spring, Turkish [...]

By |February 2nd, 2022|Turkey|