Australia sent special forces and intelligence agents to Turkey as part of security measures

April 10, 2015 6:14 am

 Large numbers of visitors from Australian and are expected to attend the service at Anzac Cove. Photo / AP

has sent special forces and intelligence agents to Turkey
as part of security measures for the commemoration of the 100th
anniversary of Gallipoli.
The Daily Telegraph in Sydney
reported that the Australian Government had increased security amid
fears that the ceremony at Anzac Cove could be targeted by terrorists.
It
said officers from ASIO, ASIS and Australian Federal Police were
working with counter-terrorism officials in Turkey. An intelligence
source denied that Australian spies would be “running around their
country without them knowing”.
Turkish authorities have made
efforts to reassure the thousands of New Zealanders and Australians
expected to travel to Anzac Cove for the April 25 service.

Ahmet Cinar, the region’s governor, said it was “one of the
most secure places in the world”, and that Turkey’s strong stance
against terrorism would protect it from such an attack.
Security
will be tight as world leaders and royalty, including Prince Charles and
Prince Harry, descend on the province to mark the 100th anniversary of
the Gallipoli landings.
“Clearly, we don’t expect [an attack],”
Mr Cinar said. “Canakkale is, both in Turkey and in the world, one of
the most secure places.
“Turkey’s security units have a lot of
experience in information collation, information gathering, and the
security issues. There is enormous experience in the security units of
Turkey. Everything is very carefully thought of and very carefully
planned.”
Authorities in the area had experience from previous years, and similar security measures would be in place.
“Security-wise, all kinds of precautions, all kind of measures have been taken,” he said. “There won’t be any risk.”
There
are fears that commitments by Australia and New Zealand to send troops
to Iraq to help in the fight against Isis have increased the threat of
terrorist attacks against Australian and New Zealand travellers.

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