Turkish spymaster’s success made him a target – foreign minister

Turkey’s intelligence chief, Hakan Fidan, has been targeted because of his success defending Turkey’s interests in the Middle East, the Daily Sabah quoted Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu as saying in response to an Israeli article published this week.

The Israeli daily Makor Rishon’s article compared Fidan to Qassem Soleimani, the Iranian general killed by a U.S. strike on Jan. 3, and said the Turkish spymaster was the next regional figure to keep a close eye on after the Iranian’s death.

Çavuşoğlu said Turkey’s opponents were focusing on Fidan because he had helped foil international plots, referring to Syria, where Turkey launched a military operation against Kurdish-led groups last October, and Libya, where Turkish forces have deployed to support the U.N.-recognised Tripoli government.

"It is the first time that Turkish intelligence has implemented such policies, either foiling or exposing their plots," Çavuşoğlu said.

"Turkey is now spoiling the games in the field and in Libya," he said.