Gulf sources reveled that Turkey has set up a secret base in cooperation with Saudi Arabia and Qatar “to direct vital military and communications aid” to the armed terrorist groups in Syria from Adana city near the border.
A Doha-based source told Reuters that the Turks are militarily running the secret base which was called ‘nerve center’. “It’s the Turks who are militarily controlling it. Turkey is the main co-ordinator/facilitator. Think of a triangle, with Turkey at the top and Saudi Arabia and Qatar at the bottom.”
The source said that the U.S. intelligence are involved in this “through middlemen. Middlemen are controlling access to weapons and routes.”
The source added that the centre in the city of Adana, which is located in southern Turkey about 100 km (60 miles) from the Syrian border, was set up after Saudi Deputy Foreign Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdullah al-Saud visited Turkey and requested it.
“The Turks liked the idea of having the base in Adana so that they could supervise its operations,” the source was cited as saying.
It identified three governments that are supplying weapons: Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
“The Turks have been desperate to improve their weak surveillance, and have been begging Washington for drones and surveillance,” the source added, noting that the pleas seemed to have failed, “so they have hired some private guys come do the job.”
Although Turkey has denied involvement in the terrorist bombing which targeted the National Security building in Damascus, Reuters said, two former senior U.S. security officials said that “Turkey has been playing an increasing role in sheltering and training Syrian rebels who have crossed into its territory,” and has stepped up support for the armed groups after the Syrian air defenses shot down a Turkish plane which had made several passes over border areas in violation of the Syrian airspace.
Sources in Doha told Reuters that Qatar is playing a main role in running the operations of the Adana base as Qatari officials are providing training and supplies to the armed groups in Syria.
The Qataris mobilized their special forces team two weeks ago. Their remit is to train and help logistically,” said a Doha-based source, adding that Qatar’s military intelligence directorate, Foreign Ministry and State Security Bureau are involved.