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Turkey arrests suspected UAE spies in Istanbul


Turkey has arrested what it says are two intelligence operatives who confessed to spying on behalf of the United Arab Emirates.

Turkey is investigating whether there may be links to the murder last year of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Saudi Arabia’s Istanbul consulate, a senior Turkish official told Reuters.

The CIA believes the Saudi crown prince ordered the killing.

Saudi Arabia claims the murder was as a result of “rogue” operatives.

“We are investigating whether the primary individual’s arrival in Turkey was related to the Jamal Khashoggi murder,” said the official, adding the person had been monitored for six months before the arrests in Istanbul on Monday.

“It is possible that there was an attempt to collect information about Arabs, including political dissidents, living in Turkey.” Read more

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