Kurds Capture 2 Senior Turkey Intel Officers In Northern Iraq

first published on January 7, 2018 by

HPG operatives of the PKK separatist group just released video and photos identifying two senior spies of Turkey captured in the Kurdish province of Sulaymaniyah, Iraq, back in August 2017.

After several months of interrogations, the HPG has just released the identities of Erhan Pekcetin and Aydin Gunel, both senior intelligence officers of the Turkish MIT (National Intelligence Organization), who had been rolled up in a PKK operation in northern Iraq. Video of the counter-espionage operation was released as well.

The two Turkish spies were operating inside the Kurdish region with diplomatic passports and, according to reports, were on an assassination mission to kill the head of the PKK’s Leadership Committee, Jamil Bayek. Bayek has been very outspoken in accusing the Turkish government of supporting ISIS and al Qaeda.

According to our sources, HPG operatives were playing a double agent scheme on the Turkish spies. They fabricated a story about their target, Bayek, being sick and being taken to a hospital in Sulaymaniyah. The MIT spies took the bait and planned on assassinating the PKK official in the hospital, as they showed up for a meeting with the double agents, they were captured by a Kurdish counter-espionage team.

Erhan Pekcetin and Aydin Gunel, are both said to be top officials in the MIT, each with over 20 years of service in the organization. They were taking their orders directly from Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the head of MIT, Hakan Fidan. The Kurdish group claims they have gathered invaluable information from the two, including identities of other spies and ongoing dirty operations by the Turkish government.

The PKK is also claiming that the two captured spies admitted that the Turkish government was behind the 2013 assassination PKK co-founder Sakine Cansiz in Paris, France.

The Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK) made a statement in regards to the treasure trove of intelligence gathered from the captured spies: “…identities of the MİT members, affiliated spies and local moles in Bakurê (Northern) Kurdistan, Turkey, Europe, Rojava and Bashurê (Southern) Kurdistan have been uncovered. A remarkable part of these agents and affiliated members have been captured in special operations. The organization network of MİT have been inflicted severe blows in several areas. With the new information-documents revealed with every arrest, the works of MİT were practically paralyzed both inside and outside Turkey.”

Another Turkish MIT operative was just captured on 5 January 2018, in Afrin Syria, as part of the same counter-espionage operation. It is likely that this agent was uncovered due to the arrest of the two senior spies and their subsequent spilling of information. This recently captured spy, has only been identified as “A.E.” Reportedly, he was tasked with carrying out a series of bombings against various Kurdish targets in Syria, and he was to be paid $150,000 for each bombing.

It is likely that the Turkish government and MIT intelligence apparatus is in chaos, hurrying to tie up loose ends before any more embarrassing and tactically crippling secrets are brought into the light.

The following ANF NEWS video shows the HPG capture operation as well as the confessions of the two Turkish MIT spies.


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