Ditib Central Mosque in Cologne: Nest of spies? Picture: Raimond Spekking / CC BY-SA 4.0 (via Wikimedia Commons)
Germany: Turkish espionage under the roof of religion?
The “Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs” (Ditib) with its more than 900 funded mosques in Germany is regarded as a powerful instrument of influence of the Turkish state.
The German government has just confirmed in an answer to an inquiry by the party Die Linke that Ditib also cooperates with the extremely Turkish-centric Grey Wolves in Germany. Is there also evidence of increased Turkish intelligence activities under the Ditib umbrella?
The German Federal Government’s reply states that there is cooperation between the Turkish far-right extremists and the Islamic umbrella organisation, the “Turkish-Islamic Union of the Institute for Religion” (Ditib), which has been active in Germany and is supervised by the Turkish state authority, the “Office for Religious Affairs” (DIYANET).
The Federal Government further confirmed in its reply that there are regular meetings between the Turkish secret service MIT [Turkish National Intelligence Organisation] and the Grey Wolves in Germany. It is “therefore likely that such contacts are also used by MIT to promote intelligence matters”.
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