Turkish Intelligence bring down Syrian spy unit

Media reports says Turkey’s Intelligence forces and police officers carry key Syrian spy unit off along with their leader

Suspects seen in this published photo.

National Intelligence Organization (MIT) and Turkey’s police forces have jointly brought down a Syrian spy unit in the country, according to a report of Milliyet daily on Monday.

The report said the spy leader named Manadi al-Said and his spy organization is accused of collecting information regarding Syrian opposition in Turkey and selling it to intelligence agencies.

According to the ruling of Office of Mersin Prosecution, 24 years old al-Said and six others affiliated with him were detained.

Operations of the spy unit is reported to be aimed at activities of ISIS on both sides of the border in Syria and Turkey, Turkmen regions in Syria and various opposition groups.

In addition, the “press office” which served as the hub of for the spies was also discovered.

The information recovered in the office indicated that the spies were in contact with certain neighboring countries of Turkey, intelligence organizations of the some Gulf nations, and shared information with them in exchange of money, the report said.

The raids into the offices of the spy unit on Sept. 1 came after concrete evidence was submitted to the prosecution by security officers on the activity of spies regarding collecting information on Turkey.

Following the trial on Sept. 4, court ruled controlled release for al-Said who partially accepted the accusations against him and he is expected to be deported from Turkey.

TRTWorld and agencies