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10th October 2014 - Fox News

Happening Now

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD VP for Research Jonathan Schanzer on Turkey's role in the fight against the Islamic State.

9th October 2014 - Quoted by Selcan Hacaoglu - Bloomberg

Kurdish Ammo Runs Low in Kobani as Turkey Controls Exit

Merve Tahiroglu

Kurds defending Kobani risk running out of ammunition as Islamic State surrounds the town and Turkey controls their only outlet, according to a Kurdish lawmaker in Turkey and observers of the fighting in Syria.

9th October 2014 - Politico

Time to Kick Turkey Out of NATO?

Jonathan Schanzer

The Kurdish town of Kobane in western Syria is under siege by the Islamic State

8th October 2014 - KFI AM 640 - Los Angeles, CA

The Bill Handel Show

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross on the Islamic State's advance towards Kobane.

7th October 2014 - Cited by Ayla Albayrak - The Wall Street Journal

Turkey’s President Calls for Ground Troops to Fight Islamic State

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday the besieged Syrian city of Kobani was in imminent danger of falling to Islamic State and called on the U.S.-led coalition fighting the radical group to bolster its air raids with ground operations.

6th October 2014 - Sun News Network

The Source with Ezra Levant

Emanuele Ottolenghi

FDD Senior Fellow Emanuele Ottolenghi comments on the Islamic State's advance towards Kobani.

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 - FoxNews.com

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.

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