The Turkish president intends to send out a covert, specially trained squad connected to intelligence agency MIT to ratchet up tensions with Greece, a NATO member and neighbor, after making repeated threats in recent months to invade Greek islands in the Aegean Sea.
The MIT unit, a relatively new weapon in Turkey’s intelligence agency’s toolbox, will be used for the first time to set up a covert, military-style operation against a Western nation. Its existence has never been officially acknowledged. A number of possibilities are presented in the plot, including sabotage on Greek islands close to the Turkish mainland, the hoisting of the Turkish flag on one or more uninhabited islets and rock formations, and the execution of a false flag operation to support a Turkish response. Recep Tayyip Erdoan, the president of Turkey, is still deliberating over the options presented to him by his confidant, Hakan Fidan, the head of MIT, and has not yet made up his mind.