Ifølge Corriere della sera skal Tyrkia ha inngått et samarbeid med Iran om å levere avanserte våpen til Hizbollah. Hvis det stemmer er det uforenlig med Tyrkias medlemskap i den vestlige forsvarsalliansen, og et tegn på at Tyrkia vinker farvel til NATO.
Turkey and Iran are rumored to be helping Hizbullah obtain new weapons, Italian daily Corriere Della Sera reported on Wednesday evening.
Turkish intelligence chief Hakan Fidan reportedly met with his Iranian counterpart Hossein Taeb to discuss relations between the two countries.
Sources told Corriere Della Sera that Turkey will «send sophisticated weapons, rockets and guns to Syria, that will end up in Lebanon,» where the Iranian Army will ensure the weapons are transferred to Hizbullah.
The Iranian Revolutionary Guards «will facilitate the transition, ensure safety, watch loads on the routes, and provide support to the border,» the report said.
The Iranians reportedly want to build a weapons network similar to that in the Sudan, and hope to help Hamas, as well.
The Italian newspaper reported that Western intelligence sources «view the Turkish-Iranian plot with concern, as they are obvious risks to safety.»
«The [intelligence] services in Ankara are among the best in the region,» sources told Corriere Della Sera. «They have great knowledge of the Middle East, and know how to move on the routes of illegal trafficking.»