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Analysis & Commentary - Merve Tahiroglu

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29th August 2018 – Quoted by Faith McDonell in Juicy Ecumenism

The Art of Deceit: Turkey, America, and Pastor Andrew Brunson

Aykan Erdemir, Merve Tahiroglu

As the world watches, the United States and Turkey are engaged in a struggle over the fate of an American pastor. Brunson, 50, is just one of several other Americans and three Turkish nationals who work for the U.S. government that have been unjustly imprisoned by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. more...

23rd August 2018 – Quoted by Ahval

U.S. must demand release of all prisoners, not just Brunson – analysts

Aykan Erdemir, Merve Tahiroglu

The United States has taken a firm stance against Turkey in demanding the release of Andrew Brunson, the U.S. pastor detained in Turkey since Oct. 2016. more...

10th August 2018 – Quoted by Ahval

Albayrak’s economic plan falls far short – think tank

Aykan Erdemir, Merve Tahiroglu

Turkey’s Finance and Treasury Minister, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s son-in-law Berat Albayrak, has failed in his bid to save the country’s ailing economy after delivering a lacklustre economic plan during a speech on Friday. more...

5th August 2018 – Quoted by Chase Winter - Deutsche Welle

Andrew Brunson case: US takes narrow view in dispute with Turkey over pastor

Merve Tahiroglu

The US decision on August 1 to impose sanctions on the Turkish justice and interior ministers over the continued detention of US pastor Andrew Brunson may have been largely symbolic. Neither Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu nor Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gul are likely to feel the pain of narrowly targeted sanctions. more...

2nd August 2018 – Quoted by Ahval

Sanctions on Turkey may just be the beginning – analysts

Aykan Erdemir, Merve Tahiroglu

The sanctioning of two Turkish cabinet ministers by the United States may be the first of many U.S. moves if tensions between the two countries continue, analysts Aykan Erdemir and Merve Tahiroğlu wrote for the Foundation for the Defence of Democracies. more...

31st July 2018 – Quoted by Johannes Morken - Dagen

Rettssaka mot pastor Brunson er ein farse

Aykan Erdemir, Merve Tahiroglu

Andrew Brunson leia i 23 år ein protestantisk kyrkjelyd i Izmir i Tyrkia. Ikkje ei einaste klage kom på det den amerikanske pastoren og kona hans dreiv med. Så kom det mislukka kuppforsøket mot president Erdogan sommaren 2016. more...

28th July 2018 – Quoted by Alex Ward - Vox

Why the US and Turkey are fighting over a US pastor

Aykan Erdemir, Merve Tahiroglu

President Donald Trump just said the US will place “large sanctions” on Turkey for detaining an American pastor for nearly two years — a move that could seriously ramp up tensions between the two NATO allies. more...

19th July 2018 – Quoted by Laurie Mylroie - Kurdistan 24

US supports peaceful protests in Iraq

Aykan Erdemir, Merve Tahiroglu

“We support people’s rights to peacefully protest,” State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert explained, as she responded to a question from Kurdistan 24 about the popular demonstrations in Iraq that have now entered their second week. more...

18th July 2018 – Quoted by Liberty McArtor - The Stream

American Pastor Andrew Brunson Will Remain in Jail, Says Turkish Court

Aykan Erdemir, Merve Tahiroglu

Hopes for Pastor Andrew Brunson’s release were dashed Wednesday, when a Turkish court pushed his next hearing to October 12. more...

13th February 2018 – Quoted by Hollie McKay - Fox News

Hundreds of young Turkish children jailed alongside their moms as part of a post-coup crackdown

Merve Tahiroglu

It was a snowy January morning in Istanbul last year when Ayse, a 32-year-old primary school teacher and mother of two, kissed the kids goodbye at school and headed home. more...

24th January 2018 – Quoted by Agence France Presse

Turkish attack highlights Syrian Kurds’ isolation

Merve Tahiroglu

After Turkey assaulted a relatively peaceful Kurdish enclave of northern Syria, regional leaders fear the world will abandon them even though they provided the ground troops who beat the Islamic State group. more...

24th January 2018 – Quoted by The National

Afrin offensive: Hundreds of thousands of Syria civilians at risk

Merve Tahiroglu

Hundreds of thousands of civilians were reported to be at risk on Wednesday as the Turkish president vowed to widen Ankara's incursion into northern Syria beyond the Kurdish-held enclave of Afrin. more...

12th November 2017 – Qutoed by Thomas Seibert - The Arab Weekly

As Turkey and US agree to disagree, Erdogan heads east

Aykan Erdemir, Merve Tahiroglu

Turkey and the United States have failed to iron out differences in key ar­eas of their relationship, including a visa dispute, during high-level talks that put a spotlight on tensions between An­kara and the West. more...

9th October 2017 – Quoted by Patrick Goodenough - CNS News

American Pastor Begins Second Year in Turkish Prison Despite Pressure From Trump, Pence

Merve Tahiroglu

American Pastor Andrew Brunson has begun a second year behind bars in Turkey, with no sign that the Islamist government is inclined to heed U.S. calls for his release. more...

24th October 2016 – Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - VOA News

US Scrambles to Contain Flaring Turkey-Iraq Tensions

Merve Tahiroglu

U.S. officials are scrambling to contain flaring tensions between Ankara and Baghdad after Turkish officials announced their troops Sunday shelled Islamic State positions near the Iraqi city of Mosul - an artillery barrage, the Turks say, requested by Kurdish peshmerga commanders. more...

22nd September 2016 – Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - Voice of America

Turkey Exerts New Influence in Syria

Merve Tahiroglu

More than five years of relentless war have fragmented Syria like a jigsaw puzzle. The task of reassembling the pieces increasingly seems to rest not with Western policymakers, Gulf princes or Iranian ayatollahs but with Russia and now Turkey, some diplomatic observers say. more...

26th August 2016 – Quoted by Dave Clarke - AFP

Kurd advance angers Turkey, Washington’s impossible ally

Aykan Erdemir, Merve Tahiroglu

As Turkish troops ostensibly hunting Islamic State (IS) group fighters shelled a US-backed Kurdish militia inside Syria, analysts warned that Ankara's alliance with the West is at stake. more...

5th April 2016 – Quoted by Efe Kerem Sozeri - The Daily Dot

How the Internet’s highest-profile prosecutor sits at the center of Turkish corruption

Aykan Erdemir, Merve Tahiroglu

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, who became famous online as the prosecutor who convicted Ross Ulbricht as the kingpin behind infamous Dark Net market Silk Road, earned a quarter million Turkish followers on Twitter last week after he publicly announced the arrest of Reza Zarrab, the central figure in a 2013 corruption scandal that reaches into the highest echelons of Turkey’s government. more...

17th February 2016 – Quoted by Kivanc Dundar, Menekse Tokyay - IntelliNews

Turkey’s nightmare comes true in Syria

Merve Tahiroglu

Turkey has been drawn further into the Syrian conflict as its army shells positions held by the Kurdish militia YPG in Northern Syria, ignoring calls from Washington and Brussels to cease military actions there. more...

16th January 2016 – Quoted by Menekse Tokyay - Al Arabiya

Istanbul terror attack: Turkey takes gloves off against ISIS

Merve Tahiroglu

Turkey has ramped up its efforts against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) after the group attacked the tourist district in Istanbul’s Sultanahmet Square on Tuesday. more...