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6th December 2017 - Quoted by Bill Powell - Newsweek

Why The Trump Team May Be Worried About A Billion-Dollar Money Laundering Case

Aykan Erdemir

Over nearly six years, Zarrab had smuggled up to $1 billion of gold into Iran in exchange for cash, violating sanctions against Tehran, which the U.S. put in place in response to the country’s nuclear program. Zarrab had also arranged to sell Iranian oil and gas (another sanctions...

5th December 2017 - Quoted by Matthew R.J. Brodsky - The Weekly Standard

With Syria Strikes, Israel Atempts to Send a Message to Trump and Putin

Tony Badran

When it comes to Syria, Israel has a message and the government hopes a wider audience is listening. It was delivered in the form of two strikes inside Syria over the last week. By itself, an Israeli strike inside Syria is nothing extraordinary.

5th December 2017 - Quoted by CAMERA

The Hill Omits Turkey’s Support for Hamas

Jonathan Schanzer

A Hill dispatch about Turkey threatening to cut ties with Israel, omitted key information about Ankara’s support for Hamas, a U.S.-designated terror group committed to the Jewish state’s destruction ("Turkey: Recognizing Jerusalem as Israeli Capital Would Be 'Red Line' for Muslims," Dec....

5th December 2017 - Quoted by Jamie McIntyre - The Washington Examiner

Can the US-Turkey marriage be saved?

Jonathan Schanzer

The United States and Turkey, nominally close NATO allies, are looking more and more like an old, bickering married couple who can’t agree on much of anything, but are putting on a brave face for the sake of the children.

28th November 2017 - Quoted by Ayla Jean Yackley - Al-Monitor

Turkey’s Alevis on edge after homes vandalized

Aykan Erdemir

Members of the Alevi religious community are on edge after vandals targeted several homes in eastern Turkey, recalling earlier violence against the country’s largest minority and rousing fears that a surge in nationalism is stoking ethnic tensions.

25th November 2017 - Quoted by Dave Clark - Agence France Presse

Turkey support key as US seeks to hold on in Syria

Aykan Erdemir

The Islamic State group may be on the run from its last bastion in Syria but the United States is gearing up for a longer stay in the country.

20th November 2017 - Quoted by Chuck Ross - The Daily Caller

CNN’s Turkish Media Problem

Aykan Erdemir

To survive as a major news outlet in Turkey these days, TV networks and newspapers must stay on the good side of the NATO nation’s authoritarian president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and his ruling Justice & Development Party.

19th November 2017 - Quoted by Thomas Seibert - The Arab Weekly

Russia emerges as major partner for Turkey’s Syria policy

Aykan Erdemir

- In a sign of an emerging alli­ance two years after Turkish- Russian relations plunged into crisis, Ankara is banking on Moscow to help Turkey reach its main goals regarding the conflict in Syria.

18th November 2017 - Quoted by Ahval News

Turkey supported both sides of the Syrian conflict, analyst says

Turkey provided money and arms for anti-Assad militants in Syria, while also helping Iran, Assad’s backer, to evade U.S. sanctions, BuzzFeed quoted a foreign politics expert as saying.

18th November 2017 - Quoted by Ahval News

Turkey supported both sides of the Syrian conflict, analyst says

Aykan Erdemir

Turkey provided money and arms for anti-Assad militants in Syria, while also helping Iran, Assad’s backer, to evade U.S. sanctions, BuzzFeed quoted a foreign politics expert as saying.

17th November 2017 - Quoted by Mitch Prothero - BuzzFeed

Danger For Turkey’s Erdogan Grows From New York Money Laundering Case

Aykan Erdemir

From 2011 to 2013, even as Turkish officials were declaring their financial and military support for the anti-Assad rebels in Syria, top officials closely linked to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan were helping the Syrian regime’s then most powerful backer, Iran’s Islamic...

13th November 2017 - Quoted by Joel Gehrke - The Washington Examiner

Turkey’s Erdogan: US, Russia should leave Syria

Aykan Erdemir

American and Russian military forces should withdraw from Syria, according to the leader of a key NATO ally.

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.

10th November 2017 - Quoted by Nick Ashdown - The Jewish Chronicle

Turkish Jews open doors to confront antisemitism

Aykan Erdemir

Turkey’s small Jewish community got a rare chance to showcase its culture in Istanbul on Sunday during the European Days of Jewish Culture event.

9th November 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Turkey’s Premier Visits Washington

Aykan Erdemir, Merve Tahiroglu

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim is in Washington this week in a bid to mend his country’s flailing ties with the U.S. His trip follows the worst crisis in Turkish-American relations in decades, whereby both sides suspended visa services for each other’s citizens. It also comes...

8th November 2017 - Foreign Affairs

Kurd Your Enthusiasm

Behnam Ben Taleblu, Merve Tahiroglu

On October 16, the world woke to footage of the Iraqi army barreling toward Kirkuk, several hundred miles north of Baghdad. Their mission was to reclaim the city, but not from jihadists; rather, they planned to win it back from the Kurds. Three years ago, as the Islamic State (ISIS) tore...

3rd November 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

The S-400: Erdogan’s Fail-safe

Boris Zilberman

Moscow and Ankara continue to signal that the $2.5-billion sale of four S-400 anti-aircraft batteries will proceed. While questions remain about when delivery will occur and under what conditions, both sides have an overriding interest in seeing the deal through. President Vladimir Putin...

2nd November 2017 - Quoted by Raziye Akkoc and Luana Sarmini-Buonaccorsi - Agence France Presse

Year after arrests, Turkey pro-Kurd party weakened but defiant

Aykan Erdemir

One year after the arrest of its charismatic chief, Turkey's main pro-Kurdish party defiantly insists it is the only true opposition against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan but faces an uphill battle to remain a major force.

1st November 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

CIA releases video of Hamza bin Laden’s wedding

Thomas Joscelyn

The US has released a video from Hamza bin Laden's wedding, providing a more recent image of Osama's heir than was previously available. The video was recovered during the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound in May 2011. FDD's Long War Journal assesses that the wedding likely took place...

31st October 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Erdogan’s Power Grab Continues with Municipalities

Aykan Erdemir

The mayor of Istanbul, Turkey’s largest metropolis with almost 15 million inhabitants, stepped down from office last month. Since then, five other mayors from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) followed suit, responding to their party leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s command to...

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