Thursday, November 26, 2009

Atalay: Israel created the Kurdish intelligence service


Ankara – The Turkish Interior Minister Beşir Atalay told reporters that he thinks its regrettable that the Israeli intelligence service created the intelligence services in Northern Iraq and trained them reports the Turkish daily Bugun.

The minister said this when he spoke about the relations with the Regional Government of Kurdistan (KRG). “The thing what disappointed me the most, is the creation and training of an intelligence organization in northern Iraq by Israel,” Atalay allegedly said.

It’s not clear which organization the Turkish minister meant. In Iraqi Kurdistan there are two intelligence agencies: Parastin, lead by the Democratic Party of Kurdistan (KDP) of president Barzani and the Zanyari, of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) headed by the Iraqi president Jalal Talabani. Also the Kurdish security services Asayish are divided in two organizations.

In the early 1960s Israel and Iran provided logistical support for a Kurdish insurrection against Iraq by Mullah Mustafa Barzani, Massoud Barzani’s late father.

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