Gauging the aftermath of Turkey’s great intelligence gaffe

Al-Monitor recently reported that PKK militants claim to have captured two high-ranking Turkish intelligence officers who were allegedly sent in a plot approved by Erdogan to assassinate a PKK leader. The story is being blacked out in Turkey’s government-controlled media, and the coverup appears to be working despite the magnitude of the allegations, a new Al-Monitor piece states. Meanwhile, PKK-linked publications are reporting that the botched intelligence operation was the top issue in recent talks between Erdogan and U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis. Also the alleged involvement of Turkey-friendly Iraqi Kurdish forces in the intelligence operation and/or other Turkish-hatched plots is driving a wedge within the greater Kurdistan region.


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