Israeli newspaper warns Turkish spymaster is next Soleimani

An Israeli newspaper has sparked outrage in Turkey by suggesting Turkish National Intelligence Organisation (MIT) chief Hakan Fidan could share the fate of Qassem Soleimani, the Iranian special forces general who was killed in a U.S. strike in Baghdad on Jan. 3.

The article published by Makor Rishon, an Israeli-daily that Turkey’s Daily Sabah described as a supporter of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, called Fidan “Soleimani’s twin” and said Israeli authorities should turn their attention to the Turkish spy chief.

Daily Sabah interpreted the Israeli newspaper’s article as a threat that Fidan could be next in line after the Iranian general was assassinated.

Makor Rishon accused Fidan of conducting proxy wars in Iraq and Syria on Turkey’s behalf in the same style that Soleimani had followed before his death.

Leaked Iranian documents published by the Intercept this month said Soleimani saw parallels between himself and the Turkish spymaster.