Turkey denies Israeli claims that it hosts al-Qaeda bases

Turkey's Foreign Ministry has denied media reports that Turkey is hosting an al-Qaeda base in the country.

Turkey denies Israeli claims that it hosts al-Qaeda bases

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkey's Foreign Ministry has dismissed recent media allegations that there is an al-Qaeda base in Turkey.

Turkey's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Tanju Bilgic said “it is an unrealistic claim,” in response to reports published by some of the country's news sources.

Bilgic added that Turkey has been subjected to al-Qaeda attacks in the past and is still under threat.

“As a result of the Syria crisis, some groups which are inspired by al-Qaeda's ideology, have proven their presence in the region and are a threat to Turkey's security.”

The response comes after Israel's military intelligence chief Major-General Aviv Kochavi accused Turkey of hosting three Al-Qaeda bases on Jan. 29.

"Syria is projecting its conflict to the whole region. Those blotches (on the map) in Turkey are no mistake by the graphic artist and it is a short way from there into Europe," Kochavi said at the conference held by the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv. 

Last Mod: 30 Ocak 2014, 14:52
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