´Israel spied on Turkish Air Force training flights´ (JERUSALEM POST) By JPOST COM STAFF 05/03/12)
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Israel listened in on communications between Turkish fighter jet
pilots in order to discover details of the Turkish Air Force´s
training programs and flight strategies, Today´s Zaman reported
Wednesday, citing a report in the Turkish daily Habertürk.
According to the report, Israeli spies wiretapped conversations
between pilots of Turkish jets during training exercises at the Konya
3rd Main Jet Base Command.
The Israeli espionage has prompted the Turkish Air Force to initiate
a program to encrypt communications between fighter jet pilots on
such missions, the report added.
The Jerusalem Post could not confirm the veracity of the report.
Earlier this year, Today´s Zaman cited Turkish intelligence agencies
as saying Israeli unmanned aerial vehicles were gathering
intelligence on Turkey for the Kurdistan Worker´s Party (PKK).
The report claimed that Israeli Heron drones helped the PKK gather
information on the Hatay province, bordering Syria, to determine the
locations for establishing training bases.
The Turkish intelligence reports underline the low in diplomatic
relations between Israel and Turkey, which nosedived when Israel
announced it would not apologize officially for the deaths of nine
Turkish activists aboard the Mavi Marmara.
Turkey downgraded military, political and economic ties with the
Jewish state in the wake of the diplomatic row. (© 1995-2011, The
Jerusalem Post 05/03/12)
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