Analysis & Commentary


15th November 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

Erdogan’s New Target: Secular Education

Aykan Erdemir

Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) issued a state of emergency decree on October 29 to suspend the elections of university rectors, authorizing President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to appoint them instead.

6th November 2016 - Quoted by Chris Massaro - Epoch Times

Assault on ISIS Capital Raqqa Could Be Launched Within Weeks

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

U.S. and allied forces say that they could attack the Syrian city of Raqqa—the capital of the ISIS terrorist group’s self-proclaimed caliphate—within weeks, according to U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter.

6th November 2016 - Defense News

Defense News TV

John Hannah

FDD senior counselor John Hannah discusses Turkey's role in the battle to retake Mosul.

5th November 2016 - Quoted by Ananya Roy - International Business Times

Isis claims responsibility for Turkey car bomb attack, but government blames Kurdistan Workers Party

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State (Isis) has claimed the responsibility for the car bomb attack on the Turkish city of Diyarbakir on Friday (4 November) that left nine people dead and scores injured. However, Turkish authorities blamed the country's outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) for the blast.

5th November 2016 - Quoted by Shabtai Gold - DPA International

First Islamic State claim of bombing in Turkey is change in tactics

Thomas Joscelyn

A deadly blast in south-eastern Turkey was initially blamed on Kurdish militants, but now Islamic State has stepped in to take credit. It would be the first bombing the group has claimed within Turkey and comes just two days after the head of the group called for attacks inside Turkey, but...

4th November 2016 - Quoted by Oren Dorell, Jane Onyanga-Omara and Kim Hjelmagaard - USA Today

Lawmakers arrested in Turkey; car bomb kills 9

Aykan Erdemir

A huge car bomb killed at least nine people in the largest city in Turkey’s mainly Kurdish southeast region Friday, shortly after authorities detained a dozen Kurdish lawmakers in relation to a terrorism investigation.

4th November 2016

The Arlene Bynon Show

Aykan Erdemir

FDD senior fellow Aykan Erdemir discusses evaporating freedoms in Turkey.

3rd November 2016 - The Long War Journal

Abu Bakr al Baghdadi’s ‘grand jihad’ against the world

Thomas Joscelyn

For the first time in nearly a year, the Islamic State has released an audio message from its leader, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi.

3rd November 2016 - FDD's Long War Journal

Abu Bakr al Baghdadi’s ‘grand jihad’ against the world

Thomas Joscelyn

For the first time in nearly a year, the Islamic State has released an audio message from its leader, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi. The audio file was released online late yesterday by Al Furqan Establishment for Media Production, one of the group’s media arms.

3rd November 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

Erdogan’s Blitz on Turkey’s Republic Day

Aykan Erdemir, Merve Tahiroglu

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued two state-of-emergency decrees last week, dismissing 10,000 civil servants and shutting down 15 Kurdish media outlets. In the academic sphere, Erdogan granted himself the power to personally appoint university rectors.

2nd November 2016 - FDD's Long War Journal

Pentagon: Al Qaeda veteran in Syria was planning attacks against the West

Thomas Joscelyn

The Defense Department announced today that Haydar Kirkan, an al Qaeda veteran who was trained in Afghanistan during the 1990s, was killed in an airstrike in Idlib, Syria on Oct. 17. US intelligence officials concluded that Kirkan was planning attacks against the West.

2nd November 2016 - Rudaw English

Rudaw TV

Aykan Erdemir

FDD senior fellow Aykan Erdemir discusses Turkey's role in the Mosul offensive.

1st November 2016 - Quoted by Brent Scher - The Washington Free Beacon

Clinton Campaign Was Warned That Turkey’s Erdogan Was Attempting to Buy Favor

Aykan Erdemir

Top Hillary Clinton campaign officials were warned last summer that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan would make contributions to the campaign through American proxies to gain favor, but chose to take money from one of the people they were warned about nonetheless.

31st October 2016 - Australian Broadcasting Corporation

The World

Aykan Erdemir

FDD senior fellow Aykan Erdemir discusses the latest post-coup crackdown

29th October 2016 - Quoted by Russ Read - The Daily Caller

Study: US Needs A Contingency Plan To Move Bases Out Of Turkey

John Cappello, Eric S. Edelman

Despite Turkey’s strategic role in U.S. defense policy, the military needs to have a contingency plan to move its bases out of the country, according to a recent study by a Washington, D.C. think tank.

25th October 2016 - Fox News

Special Report with Bret Baier

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD senior fellow Thomas Joscelyn comments on Turkey fighting ISIS in Iraq.

24th October 2016 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

A ‘war within a war’ is brewing in Iraq — and the US is caught in the middle

Aykan Erdemir

Washington has again found itself in the middle of a fast-escalating conflict between two of its most important partners in the fight against ISIS.

24th October 2016 - Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - VOA News

US Scrambles to Contain Flaring Turkey-Iraq Tensions

Merve Tahiroglu

U.S. officials are scrambling to contain flaring tensions between Ankara and Baghdad after Turkish officials announced their troops Sunday shelled Islamic State positions near the Iraqi city of Mosul - an artillery barrage, the Turks say, requested by Kurdish peshmerga commanders.

24th October 2016 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

A ‘war within a war’ is brewing in Iraq - and the US is caught in the middle

Aykan Erdemir

Washington has again found itself in the middle of a fast-escalating conflict between two of its most important partners in the fight against ISIS.

20th October 2016 - Quoted by Saagar Enjeti - The Daily Caller

Turkey Welcomes US Defense Secretary By Slaughtering US Allies

Aykan Erdemir

Turkey struck hundreds of U.S.-backed Syrian rebels Thursday, just a week before a visit by U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter.

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