Analysis & Commentary


16th January 2015 - The National Interest

The Turkey-Hamas Nexus

David Andrew Weinberg, Jonathan Schanzer

Last week, Israel’s Foreign Ministry praised Qatar for purportedly expelling Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal from Doha.

14th January 2015 - Cited by Jamie Dettmer - VOA News

Turkey Targets Social Media Over Arms Scandal Leaks

Jonathan Schanzer

Turkish authorities are moving fast to scrub the Internet of leaked official documents implying that a Syria-bound arms convoy intercepted by police last year was being coordinated by Turkish intelligence.

6th January 2015 - Quoted by Ben Cohen - The Algemeiner

Growing Talk of Hamas Moving from Qatar to Turkey Prompts Concern Over Integrity of NATO Alliance

Jonathan Schanzer

The ruling Hamas regime in Gaza has angrily denied Israeli claims that Khaled Mashaal, the head of the terror organization’s political bureau, has been expelled from his base in Qatar, at the same time leaving open the question of whether Mashaal will now move to NATO member Turkey, as...

28th December 2014 - Quoted by Pinar Tremblay - Al Monitor

Meshaal’s Visit to Turkey Catches Media off Guard

Jonathan Schanzer

Dec. 25, Hamas political bureau chief Khaled Meshaal arrived in Turkey on a visit that was not announced publicly. After receiving a tip, Al-Monitor spoke with two high-level Turkish bureaucrats on condition of anonymity about the meaning of this visit.

17th December 2014 - The National Interest

Turkey’s War on Rule of Law: One Year On

Merve Tahiroglu

On the morning of December 17, 2013, Istanbul police launched a massive anti-corruption operation. They detained 52 people, including the sons of three ministers, several bureaucrats, and some of Turkey’s most prominent businessmen.

9th December 2014 - The Washington Free Beacon

Congress Calls for Increased Sanctions on Hamas Allies

Jonathan Schanzer

A bipartisan delegation of foreign policy leaders in Congress are calling on the Obama administration to increase U.S. sanctions on Hamas and its allies, including the terror group’s top financier, Qatar, and its close ally, Turkey, according to a letter sent Tuesday by lawmakers to the...

9th December 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

AQ Leader’s Arrest Highlights Turkey’s Terror Problem

Merve Tahiroglu

A joint U.S.-Turkish operation last month led to the capture of a senior Libyan al-Qaeda leader allegedly involved in the 2012 murder of Ambassador Christopher Stevens in Benghazi.

8th December 2014 - Foreign Policy

Hamas’s Main Man from Turkey to Tehran

Jonathan Schanzer, Grant Rumley

Israel filed a complaint with NATO in late November over Turkey’s role in supporting terrorism in the West Bank and Gaza.

7th December 2014 - The Long War Journal

Representative of Ayman al Zawahiri Reportedly Captured in Turkey

Thomas Joscelyn

Abd al Baset Azzouz, an al Qaeda operative who served as Ayman al Zawahiri's representative in Libya, was captured in Turkey in mid-November. Azzouz is reportedly being investigated for his possible ties to the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi.

3rd December 2014 - Rudaw

Inside America

Merve Tahiroglu

FDD Research Associate Merve Tahiroglu participates in a panel, discussing the role Turkey plays in Iraq's oil disputes.

3rd December 2014 - The Washington Times

The Neo-Ottoman

Clifford D. May

Turkey should have been part of the solution. Instead it’s become part of the problem. The problem, of course, is the spread of jihadism throughout the Middle East, North Africa and beyond.

2nd December 2014 - Quoted by İlhan Tanır - BBC Turkey

ABD’deki güvenli bölge tartışması ne anlama geliyor?

Tony Badran

Amerikan basınında hafta sonunda çıkan "Suriye'de uçuşa yasak bölge ve güvenli bölge kuruluyor" haberleri, gözleri bir kez daha Obama yönetimine çevirerek Suriye ve Esad yönetimi politikalarında önemli bir değişikliğe gidip, gitmeyecekleri tartışmasını alevlendirdi....

26th November 2014 - WSJ Live

Opinion Journal

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD Vice President for Research Jonathan Schanzer discusses his CSIF report with Merve Tahiroglu, "Bordering on Terrorism."

25th November 2014 - Cited by Michael B. Kelley - Business Insider

The US Is On A Collision Course With An ‘Absolutely Indispensable’ Ally

Jonathan Schanzer, Merve Tahiroglu

The US and Turkey are headed for a showdown over Syria, as evidence mounts that Ankara is enabling groups that Washington is actively bombing.

20th November 2014 - Cited by Edwin Mora - Breitbart

Report: There are Active ISIS Cells Inside Turkey

Jonathan Schanzer, Merve Tahiroglu

Turkey has contributed to the rise of the brutal Islamic State by turning a blind eye to the ongoing flow of money, weapons, illegal oil, and fighters across its border to the jihadist group in Syria, according to a new report.

20th November 2014 - Fox News

Happening Now

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD VP of Research Jonathan Schanzer explains how Turkey's lax border policies enable the Islamic State.

20th November 2014 - Cited by Today's Zaman

Turkey Associated with Terrorism Financing, Weapons Smuggling

Jonathan Schanzer, Merve Tahiroglu

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) -- a non-profit, non-partisan policy institute focusing on foreign policy and national security based in the US -- released a report on Wednesday alleging that Turkey has failed to clamp down on terrorism financing, weapons smuggling, illegal...

19th November 2014 - FDD Press

Bordering on Terrorism

Jonathan Schanzer, Merve Tahiroglu

Southeastern Turkey has now become a jurisdiction for terrorism finance, weapons smuggling, illegal oil sales, and the flow of fighters to Syria. This pipeline serves the interest of several terrorist organizations, including Jabhat al-Nusra (JN) and the Islamic State (IS).

14th November 2014 - Cited by Deniz Arslan - Today's Zaman

NATO Says Turkey Remains Valuable Ally Amid Debates on its Relevance

Jonathan Schanzer

Amid the intense discussions in international political circles about whether Turkey is still relevant as a NATO partner, given its “reluctance” to effectively contribute to the US-led coalition against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and its bumpy democracy with imposed...

13th November 2014 - Quoted by Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times

4 Turkish terrorists caught in Texas after being smuggled across border

Jonathan Schanzer

Four men flew from Istanbul through Paris to Mexico City in late August, where they were met by a Turkish-speaking man who stashed them in a safe house until their Sept. 3 attempt to cross into the U.S. over the border with Mexico.

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