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18th July 2016 - Quoted by Paul D. Shinkman - U.S. News & World Report

Coup in Turkey Undercuts an Already Complex U.S. War on ISIS

Aykan Erdemir

Turkey's cooperation with the U.S. has always been strained, with starkly differing views about the ongoing wars in Syria and Iraq.

18th July 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Reuters: Iranian Hardliners “Gaining Authority” One Year After Nuclear Deal

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iranian hardliners close to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei are “gaining authority” in the wake of last year’s nuclear deal, Reuters reported on Monday.

18th July 2016 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

The US Just Issued a “Remarkable” Warning to Turkey Amid Its Post-Coup Crackdown

Jonathan Schanzer

Tension between the US and Turkey has escalated dramatically in the wake of Ankara's far-reaching crackdown on those suspected to have been involved in Friday's failed military coup. In addition to more than 2,000 members of the Turkish armed forces, Ankara has ordered that at least 50...

18th July 2016 - Quoted by IntelliNews

Turkish army shoots itself in the foot (again)

Aykan Erdemir

The attempted military coup in Turkey on July 15 has reawakened the nightmare of the era when the army regularly intervened in politics, with their stock claims that they were restoring order or “secularism” or – this time – democracy.

18th July 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Reuters: Iranian Hardliners “Gaining Authority” One Year After Nuclear Deal

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iranian hardliners close to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei are “gaining authority” in the wake of last year’s nuclear deal, Reuters reported on Monday.

18th July 2016 - Quoted by Eli Lake - Bloomberg

U.S.-Turkey Tension Over Cleric Explodes After Coup

Eric S. Edelman

Turkey's president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has accused a Muslim cleric in Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains of plotting this weekend's military coup, and some Turkish officials accuse the U.S. of playing a role.

17th July 2016 - Quoted by Sarah El Deeb, Suzan Fraser - Associated Press

Crackdown Following Failed Coup in Turkey Raises Concerns

Aykan Erdemir

Following a failed coup against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the government moved swiftly Sunday to shore up his power and remove those perceived as an enemy, saying it has detained 6,000 people.

17th July 2016 - Quoted by Carlo Munoz - The Washington Times

Thousands of Turks arrested after coup fails

Aykan Erdemir

Thousands of Turkish military and judicial officials have been arrested by state security forces as Ankara cracks down on opposition factions who masterminded a failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government over the weekend.

17th July 2016 - Quoted by Pamela Engel - Business Insider

The failed coup in Turkey presents a ‘great opportunity’ for ISIS

Aykan Erdemir

The failed coup against Turkey’s president will have ripple effects that extend far beyond the borders of the country. An uprising within NATO’s second-largest military — and the one that’s closest to ISIS’ center of power — spells trouble for the international fight against the...

17th July 2016 - Quoted by Raphael Ahren - The Times of Israel

Failed coup could spark anti-Semitism, Turkish ex-MP warns

Aykan Erdemir

The attempt by some elements of the Turkish military to wrestle power from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan over the weekend will not endanger Ankara’s commitment to reconciliation with Israel, but could stir anti-Israel and even anti-Semitic sentiment, a former Turkish lawmaker warned...

17th July 2016 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

What we learned from the coup attempt in Turkey

Jonathan Schanzer

Turkey’s military coup was swiftly put down by forces loyal to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The consequences will ripple for days and weeks to come, the most recent being a massive crackdown on suspected plotters.

17th July 2016 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

Why Turkish soldiers staged a coup — and ultimately failed

Aykan Erdemir

An attempted military coup by a faction within the Turkish armed forces calling itself the “Peace at Home Council” was stifled in less than 24 hours after Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on his supporters to take to the streets and repel the uprising.

16th July 2016 - Quoted by Michael Crowley - Politico

Did Obama get Erdogan Wrong?

Eric S. Edelman

A few months before Friday’s attempted coup in Turkey, pro-government media outlets there published reports that the United States was actively plotting to depose Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Things came to a head at a State Department briefing in late March, when a Turkish...

16th July 2016 - Quoted by Eric Schmitt and Dan Bilefsky - The New York Times

Turkey Interrupts U.S. Air Missions Against ISIS at Major Base

Aykan Erdemir

The Turkish authorities on Saturday halted, at least temporarily, all American-led strike missions against the Islamic State that had been flying from the Incirlik air base — the first major impact of the attempted coup on the broader allied campaign against the terrorist group, United...

16th July 2016 - Quoted by Roy Gutman and Tracy Wilkinson - The Los Angeles Times

Failed coup in Turkey could allow Erdogan to tighten his grip on the troubled country

Aykan Erdemir

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has apparently put down a clumsy military coup, but the fallout, as he punishes those who challenged his government, will plunge Turkey’s domestic politics and its relations with the U.S. into new turmoil.

16th July 2016 - Quoted by Raziye Akkoc - Agence France-Presse

What pushed the putsch against Erdogan — and what now?

Aykan Erdemir

He weathered anti-government protests that lasted for months in 2013. He escaped the flames that engulfed some of his ministers in a corruption investigation nearly three years ago. And now Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has survived a military coup — a boast many of his...

15th July 2016 - Quoted by Adam Taylor - The Washington Post

The attack in Nice shows cars and trucks can be powerful weapons of terror

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

We often equate terror attacks with the use of firearms and explosives: legally prohibited objects whose sole purpose is to inflict harm or cause damage. Yet in Thursday night's attack in Nice, France, it appears that most of the 84 deaths at the scene were caused not by an automatic rifle...

15th July 2016 - Quoted by Rukmini Callimachi - The New York Times

In Truck Attack in Nice, Mainstay of Commerce Reinvented as Tool of Death

Thomas Joscelyn

More than five years ago, Al Qaeda called on its followers to use cars as tools of terror. Soon after, the terrorist group that had brought down the twin towers scrapped the idea, feeling that the tactic was too indiscriminate, too likely to kill Muslims.

15th July 2016 - Quoted by Oren Dorell - USA Today

First Take: Turkey coup attempt has parallels to Egypt

Aykan Erdemir

The military coup attempt in Turkey, the country's fifth since 1960, is reminiscent of a recent military takeover against the democratically elected president of Egypt.

15th July 2016 - Quoted by Indira Lakshmanan - Politico

Inside the Plan to Undo the Iran Nuclear Deal

Mark Dubowitz

For Barack Obama, July 14, 2015 marked the greatest diplomatic triumph of his presidency: Amid flags and flashbulbs in Vienna, his secretary of State, John Kerry, announced a historic, UN-backed nuclear accord to defuse the global security threat of a nuclear-armed Iran.

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