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Economic Reporting Strives to Interdict the Flow of ‘Improvised Explosive Device’ Components

This 16 May 2006 post from the NSA internal newsletter SIDToday explains how economic intelligence led to restrictions on dual-use microprocessor sales by US companies, “ultimately saving American and coalition lives.” Front companies in the United Arab Emirates had been facilitating the transfer of components used for improvised explosive devices to Iran and Syria: see the Intercept article 328 NSA Documents Reveal “Vast Network” of Iranian Agents, Details of a Key Intelligence Coup, and a Fervor for Voice-Matching Technology, 15 August 2015.

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Turkey and the PKK

This post dated 20 December 2005, taken from the NSA’s internal newslatter Foreign Affairs Digest, describes the assistance rendered to Turkey against Kurdish nationalists, particularly the PKK, and describes the difficulties of reconciling this with US strategic interests in Iraq: see the Intercept article How the NSA Helped Turkey Kill Kurdish Rebels, 31 August 2014.

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NSA’s Oldest Third Party SIGINT Partnership

This October 2005 article, taken from the internal NSA newsletter Foreign Affairs Digest, provides a brief history of the agency’s past and current relationship with its Turkish counterparts, which includes a staff of 40 NSA employees stationed in Ankara: see the Intercept article How the NSA Helped Turkey Kill Kurdish Rebels, 31 August 2014.

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