U.S., Israel, Britain to help Turkey respond to terror (WORLD TRIBUNE) ANKARA 11/23/03)
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ANKARA ó Israel and the United States have launched an effort to help
Turkey in its war against Al Qaida.
Turkish officials said Israel and the United States have pledged to
send security and intelligence teams to Turkey. They said the teams
will help investigate the two suicide strikes over the last week as
well as brief Turkey on the Al Qaida threat.
Israel´s Mossad director Meir Dagan left for Turkey over the weekend
in wake of Thursday´s twin suicide bombing attack in Istanbu, Middle
East Newsline reportedl. At least 27 people were killed, including
the British consul-general in that city.
Officials said a U.S. team will also be arriving in Istanbul or
Ankara over the next few days. They said this team is expected to
comprise CIA agents and officials from the State Department´s
Coordinator on Counter-Terrorism office.
Britain has also relayed its intention to investigate the latest Al
Qaida bombing. Officials said a British team has already arrived in
Istanbul and launched its own probe into security arrangements
surrounding the British Consulate.
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