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13th August 2018 - Quoted by Craig Nelson, Habib Khan Totakhil, Ehsanullah Amiri - The Wall Street Journal

Afghan Government Struggles to Oust Taliban From Strategic City

Bill Roggio

Afghanistan’s defense chief said Monday the country’s U.S.-backed security forces were struggling to counter a Taliban offensive on a strategic eastern city, a departure after days of rosy assessments about progress in dislodging the insurgents.

13th August 2018 - Quoted by Jonathan Swan - Axios

The White House’s next Iran fight

Mark Dubowitz

On a White House conference call with Iran experts last week, a senior administration official said the Trump administration will reimpose sanctions on financial messaging services later this year. That might sound boring. But the administration official was referring to what could soon...

13th August 2018 - Quoted by Rick Noack- The Washington Post

Amid spat with Trump, here are Turkey’s other friends

Aykan Erdemir

President Trump has raised doubts over a number of international U.S. “friendships” this year, lashing out at the European Union, Japan and now Turkey. By imposing new tariffs on the country, Trump sent its currency into free fall over the weekend.

13th August 2018 - Quoted by Ishaan Tharoor- The Washington Post

Erdogan fights a losing battle with Trump

Aykan Erdemir

On Friday, the Turkish lira suffered its biggest one-day devaluation in nearly two decades, dropping more than 14 percent against the dollar. The minister of finance — the son-in-law of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan — couldn’t avert the slide, delivering a halting speech that...

12th August 2018 - Quoted by Cliff Smith - The Washington Examiner

Trump should release secret report on the true number of Palestinian refugees

The Trump administration is supposedly considering declassifying a State Department report that tallies up the true number of Palestinian refugees.

12th August 2018 - Quoted by ABC Color

Washing in the Triple Border

Emanuele Ottolenghi

An Israeli report reveals details about the modus operandi of money laundering in the Triple Border area, a fact that is linked to the Lebanese clan Barakat in what would be the financing of the terrorist group Hezbollah.

12th August 2018 - Quoted by Ahval

‘Father-in-law and groom also failed’

Aykan Erdemir

Former CHP deputy Erdemir Aykan research analyst with the Defense of Democracy, which Merve Tahiroğlu Foundation for Defense of Democracy, Treasury and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak "new economy plan" after the description penned the economy of Turkey.

12th August 2018 - Quoted by Ana Alonso - El Independiente

Keys to the ‘war’ between Erdogan and Trump

Aykan Erdemir

They have the dollars and we have Allah." This is how the president of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan , sees the "economic war" in which he appears as a victim of the unilateralism of the president of the United States, Donald Trump.

12th August 2018 - BBC

BBC World Service

Aykan Erdemir

FDD's Aykan Erdemir joins BBC to examine Turkey's recently announced plan to stabilize the lira in spite of recent economic turmoil.

11th August 2018 - Quoted by Ahval

Currency crisis is of Erdoğan’s own making – ex-MP

Aykan Erdemir

A former parliamentarian for Turkey’s opposition Republican People’s Party has written an opinion column for Politico arguing that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan himself bears the lion’s share of the responsibility for Turkey’s recent currency crisis.

11th August 2018 - Quoted by Vogue EU

Critics say Turkish government using US mosques to play politics, spy on foes

Aykan Erdemir

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s recent re-election is fueling concerns about his growing powers not just in Turkey but here in the U.S., according to experts who believe he’s determined to spread his controversial brand of Islamist-nationalistic fervor through a network of...

10th August 2018 - Kurdistan 24

Turkish delegation left US with no agreement

Aykan Erdemir

In the first extended official US comments following Wednesday’s meetings between the US State Department and Turkey’s Foreign Ministry, State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert confirmed that the crisis in US-Turkish relations persists.

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.

10th August 2018 - Quoted by Moasaic

Russia Is Using Economic Leverage to Turn Turkey into an Ally

Aykan Erdemir

While the Turkish-Russian rivalry goes back at least to the 18th century, and has flared up recently over tensions in Syria, there have been signs in recent years of a possible alliance between the two countries.

10th August 2018 - Quoted by Joyce Karam - The National

As US and Turkey break up, experts warn of dangerous ramifications

Aykan Erdemir

With US sanctions and tariffs hitting Turkey this month for its refusal to release an American pastor, the relationship between the Nato allies is under serious pressure and there are fears for the regional impact.

9th August 2018 - Quoted by Colum Lynch - Foreign Policy

For Trump and Co., Few Palestinians Count as Refugees

Richard Goldberg

Jay Sekulow wants to know one thing from the U.S. State Department: How many Palestinians who fled or were forced from their homes with the creation of Israel in 1948 are still alive today?

9th August 2018 - Quoted by Niko Efstathiou - Kathimerini

Islamic educational center planned next to Halki seminary

Aykan Erdemir

The Holy Theological School on the island of Halki (Heybeliada), one of the Princes’ islands in the Sea of Marmara, has remained closed for almost 50 years, yet not a year has passed without it attracting hundreds of visitors and international attention.

9th August 2018 - Quoted by RFE/RL

Rusiya Türkiyəni öz tərəfinə necə çəkir

Aykan Erdemir

İyun Türkiyə-Rusiya meqalayihəsi və Türkiyənin birinci nüvə reaktoru olan Akkuyu Nüvə Enerjisi Zavodunun idarə heyəti üçün ağır keçib.

9th August 2018 - Quoted by Ahval

‘Türk bakanlara yönelik ABD yaptırımlarına yeni ayar gerekiyor’

Aykan Erdemir

ABD-Türkiye arasındaki Rahip Brunson krizi derinleşerek devam ediyor. The Globalist'te bu konuda bir yazı kaleme alan Aykan Erdemir ve Gönül Tol, Trump hükümeti Amerikalı rahibin serbest bırakılmaması durumunda Türkiye’ye yaptırımlar uygulanacağı yönündeki sözünü...

9th August 2018 - Quoted by Jessica Donati, Courtney McBride - The Wall Street Journal

U.S. to Impose New Sanctions on Russia Over Nerve-Agent Attack in U.K.

Boris Zilberman

The U.S. unveiled a new series of sanctions on Moscow over a nerve-agent attack on a former Russian spy and his daughter in the U.K., in a rare direct confrontation that could escalate into a broad series of diplomatic and economic measures between the two countries.


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