World Bulletin / News Desk
In an exclusive report for the Middle East Eye, David Hearst, a senior journalist has said that the UAE government was in collaboration with the plotters of the coup in Turkey and used Mohammad Dahlan as the chief mediator for the US based cleric.
“Dahlan has allegedly financed the plotters in Turkey and communicated to Gülen through a Palestinian businessman in the States weeks before the coup. This businessman's, close to Dahlan, identity is known by a Turkish intelligence service," David Hearts, currently editor of Middle East Eye, said in his exclusive report.
According to Hearst, Dahlan was forced to leave the UAE after the coup failed to reach its aim, with pan-Arab media in the initial hours claiming that the coup was a success but then changing tact with the UAE condemning the coup one hour after Saudi Arabia. The UAE are also believed to have cut all contact with Dahlan who is now believed to be in Egypt. Hearts, quoting some sources, spoke to MEE, said the UAE, then launched an operation to distance itself from Dahlan and subsequently supported Erdogan as the legitimate president of Turkey.
Dahlan is a former leader of the Palestinian political party Fatah who was exiled from Gaza and the West Bank and is thought to have close ties to Abu Dhabi's crown prince, Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan.
He is alleged to have been used as a conduit for UAE funds and communications in a variety of operations throughout the Middle East.
Since the failure of the coup, the Emiratis have tried to mend fences with Ankara by detaining two Turkish generals at Dubai international airport suspcted of having links to the coup .
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The UAE are even more fearful of a backlash that may come after the purge of the Turkish army that Erdogan is conducting.
An informed source told MEE: “They now feel that Erdogan is in full power. They do not like him personally and think of him as a man who will seek to take revenge. Once Erdogan has cleaned out the stables, they think he will then turn on those outside the country who supported the coup.”
source: Middle East Eye
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