Analysis & Commentary

28th September 2014 - Quoted by Mavi Marmara - The Jerusalem Post

Turkish activist that participated in Marmara flotilla killed in US strike

Jonathan Schanzer

US-led air strikes against the Islamic State in the Syrian city of Idlib have killed a Turkish activist who participated in the Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH) sponsored Mavi Marmara flotilla, Turkish media reported.

25th September 2014 - The Long War Journal

Treasury Designations Target al Qaeda’s International Fundraising and Facilitation Network

Thomas Joscelyn

The threat posed by al Qaeda remains today. The "Khorasan group" is merely al Qaeda in Syria.

25th September 2014 - New York Post

Boosting Turkey As It Backs Terror

Jonathan Schanzer

Turkey’s lax border policies have enabled ISIS to finance and arm its fighters in Syria; ISIS cells are now operating throughout Turkey.

24th September 2014 - Sirius XM

The Mimi Geerges Show

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD Vice President for Research, Jonathan Schanzer, on whether Turkey will be an ally against IS.

24th September 2014 - Bloomberg TV

In the Loop with Betty Liu

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD Vice President for Research Jonathan Schanzer discusses the Islamic State's black market oil trade.

22nd September 2014 - Cited by Burak Bekdil - Gatestone Institute

Turkey: What Ally?

Jonathan Schanzer

Last week, the U.S. Secretaries of State and Defense, John Kerry and Chuck Hagel, were in the Turkish capital, one after the other, to ask for Turkey's contribution to a coalition of allies in a U.S.-led war on the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria [ISIS, aka The Islamic State].

21st September 2014 - Quoted by Paul Alster -

Turkey May Welcome Muslim Brotherhood Brass After Ouster from Qatar

Benjamin Weinthal

They're pariahs in much of the Middle East, but the Muslim Brotherhood may find the welcome mat in Turkey, a NATO ally that nonetheless seems unmoved by regional and western pressure to shun the Islamist organization.

17th September 2014 - Interviewed by Eric Mandel - The Jerusalem Post

Qatar and Turkey As Supporters of Terrorism

Jonathan Schanzer

Turkey is the eastern flank of NATO. Qatar is an oil-rich Gulf State which houses a major American air base and is the headquarters of the United States Air Force’s Central Command.

17th September 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

Iranian Leverage over Turkey?

Merve Tahiroglu

The Turkish daily Taraf published a blockbuster article Tuesday alleging that Iran has been blackmailing Turkey.

16th September 2014 - Cited by the Project on Middle East Democracy

President Erdogan Would Welcome Exiled MB Members; Analysts Question Turkey’s Foreign Policy

Jonathan Schanzer

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said he would welcome members of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood into the country after Qatar, under pressure from other GCC countries, asked the exiled officials to find refuge elsewhere.

15th September 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

Turkey’s State-Owned Bank Probed By the New York Fed

Merve Tahiroglu

The United States Federal Reserve launched a probe last week into the New York branch of Turkey's largest state-run bank, Ziraat Bankasi. Although the bank said this was a routine inspection, the timing may suggest otherwise.

15th September 2014 - Cited by The Tower

Turkey and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week

Jonathan Schanzer

This past week has not been kind to Turkey’s reputation as a moderate Islamic state, or to hopes that it would serve as a potential ally against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

12th September 2014 - CTV

CTV News

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD Vice President for Research Jonathan Schanzer discusses the building of a coalition against the Islamic State.

11th September 2014 - Fox Business

After the Bell

Emanuele Ottolenghi

FDD Senior Fellow Emanuele Ottolenghi discusses sources of funding for the Islamic State.

10th September 2014 - Quoted by Ben Cohen - JNS

The Danger of Depending on Turkey

Jonathan Schanzer

Here’s the good news: the Obama administration has finally grasped that the onslaught of the Islamic State terror group through Iraq and Syria needs to be defeated and destroyed.

10th September 2014 - Quoted by Cumhuriyet

U.S. Congress All Out on Turkey

Jonathan Schanzer

In a congress subcommittee hearing, Turkey and Qatar were accused of terrorism finance. The Congress foreign relations subcommittee held a hearing were poisonous commentary about Turkey were spoken.

10th September 2014 - Quoted by I24News

Turkey, Qatar Called “Frenemies” of Washington

Jonathan Schanzer

Turkey and Qatar, two nations widely assumed to be taking a central role in Gaza relief and rebuilding process, faced staunch criticism in Washington Tuesday for their support of Hamas.

10th September 2014 - Quoted by Today's Zaman

US Experts at Congress Hearing Accuse Turkey of Funding Hamas

Jonathan Schanzer

US experts have slammed Turkey, saying it is a foreign supporter of the Hamas Palestinian movement that rules Gaza and urging the US Congress to sanction and suspend ongoing arms sale to Ankara.

9th September 2014 - Quoted by Jay Solomon - The Wall Street Journal

U.S., Allies Step Up Efforts to Choke Off Islamic State’s Funding

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The U.S. Treasury Department and Washington's allies are ramping up efforts to hit Islamic State's finances, particularly focusing on steps to choke off its oil sales, its donations from the Persian Gulf and its extortion rackets.

9th September 2014 - Quoted by Julian Pecquet - Al-Monitor

Congress Goes After ‘Frenemies’ Turkey, Qatar

Jonathan Schanzer

Congress delivered its staunchest warning to date on Sept. 9 that Turkey and Qatar could face financial and other penalties if they continue to support Hamas and other US-designated terrorist organizations.


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