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4th January 2017 - Quoted by The American Interest

Turkey Arrests American Pastor as Terrorist

Aykan Erdemir

Behold the mighty power of the Gülenists: they lurk behind every threat to the Turkish state (and its glorious leader, Erdogan). They can even subvert Evangelical pastors into their Islamic network—or so says the Turkish government.

3rd January 2017 - Quoted by Sohrab Ahmari - The Wall Street Journal

A Christian Pastor in Turkey’s Prisons

Aykan Erdemir

Andrew Brunson was elated when Turkey’s Interior Ministry summoned him on Oct. 7 in the coastal city of Izmir.

2nd January 2017 - Quoted by Jennifer Wishon - CBN News

Why America’s NATO Ally Is Persecuting Christians

Aykan Erdemir

Many experts say religious persecution isn't just "a" problem, rather it's "the" problem in the world. One example is the Christians in Turkey who face ongoing persecution.

2nd January 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State claims responsibility for New Year’s Day attack at Istanbul nightclub

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State released a statement earlier today claiming responsibility for the attack on the Reina nightclub in Istanbul, Turkey during the early hours of New Year’s Day. At least 39 people were killed and dozens more wounded in the massacre. Many of the victims were foreign...

2nd January 2017 - Quoted by CBN News

Why America’s NATO Ally Is Persecuting Christians

Aykan Erdemir

Many experts say religious persecution isn't just "a" problem, rather it's "the" problem in the world. One example is the Christians in Turkey who face ongoing persecution.

1st January 2017 - BBC


Aykan Erdemir

FDD senior fellow Aykan Erdemir comments on the Istanbul nightclub attack.

1st January 2017 - Quoted by Marco della Cava - USA Today

At least 39 killed in Istanbul nightclub attack, official says

Aykan Erdemir

An assailant believed to be dressed as Santa Claus opened fire in an Istanbul nightclub jammed with New Year's Eve revelers early Sunday, killing at least 39 and wounding at least 69 others, authorities said.

1st January 2017 - BBC

World News

Aykan Erdemir

FDD senior fellow Aykan Erdemir discusses the New Year's Eve attack in Istanbul.

24th December 2016 - Quoted by Sarah Lee - The Blaze

Erdogan issues Christmas message while American pastor rots in Turkish prison

Aykan Erdemir

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wished Christian citizens in Turkey a Christmas message of hope Saturday, even as North Carolina pastor Andrew Brunson sits falsely imprisoned in the near-Middle Eastern country.

23rd December 2016 - The Cipher Brief

Turkey’s Diplomatic Collision Course

Aykan Erdemir

The assassination Monday of Andrey Karlov, Russia’s ambassador to Ankara, and the subsequent signing of the Moscow Declaration between Russia, Iran, and Turkey, has presented yet another setback for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s foreign policy vision.

22nd December 2016 - Quoted by Josh Rogin - The Washington Post

How the Obama administration pushed Turkey into Russia’s arms

Aykan Erdemir

Much of the Washington foreign policy community stood aghast Tuesday as top officials of NATO ally Turkey sat down with leaders of Russia and Iran in Moscow to forge a new way forward for Syria, without the United States in the room. The scene was not only a turning point in the Syrian...

20th December 2016 - WMAL

Mornings on the Mall

Clifford D. May

FDD President Clifford D. May discusses the Russian ambassador killed in Turkey and Berlin Christmas market attack.

20th December 2016 - Quoted by Kate Shellnutt - Christianity Today

Free Pastor Andrew: Christians Rally for Missionary Jailed in Turkey

Aykan Erdemir

Christian advocates in the United States have launched a global campaign to release Andrew Brunson, an American pastor jailed on erroneous allegations amid a crackdown on evangelicals in Turkey.

20th December 2016 - Quoted by Benny Avni - New York Post

How America got shut out of Syria

Aykan Erdemir

Rather than igniting World War III, the Monday assassination of Russia’s ambassador in Turkey could usher the beginning of a beautiful Russo-Turkish friendship — with the United States left out in the cold.

20th December 2016 - Quoted by Fulya Ozerkan - Agence France-Presse

Envoy’s killing in Turkey exposes Russia tensions

Aykan Erdemir

The killing of the Russian ambassador to Ankara has exposed deep divisions in policy and hostility to Moscow among some in Turkish society despite a reconciliation deal after a seven-month crisis.

20th December 2016 - Quoted Menekse Tokyay - Arab News

Assassination in Ankara: Cop guns down Russian ambassador

Aykan Erdemir

Russia’s Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov was assassinated Monday night during the opening ceremony of a photo exhibition in Ankara when he took to the podium to make a speech.

20th December 2016 - Fox News

Happening Now

Aykan Erdemir

FDD senior fellow Aykan Erdemir comments on the assassination of Karlov and its effect on Russia-Turkey relations.

19th December 2016 - FDD's Policy Brief

Envoy’s Murder Exposes Turkey-Russia Fault Lines

Merve Tahiroglu

Andrei Karlov, the Russian ambassador to Ankara, was assassinated in the heart of the Turkish capital on Monday night. The assailant, an off-duty Turkish police officer, shouted, “Don’t forget Aleppo”– denouncing Moscow’s role in the ongoing massacre of civilians in the besieged...

19th December 2016 - Quoted by Benjamin Harvey, Selcan Hacaoglu - Bloomberg

Russian Ambassador Killed in Turkey by Gunman Invoking Syria

Aykan Erdemir

Russia’s ambassador was shot dead in the Turkish capital on Monday in an assassination apparently linked to Syria’s civil war, heightening tensions over a conflict that’s drawn in almost all the region’s main powers.

19th December 2016 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

Russia’s ambassador to Turkey assassinated in Ankara

Aykan Erdemir

Russia's ambassador to Turkey, Andrey Karlov, was assassinated Monday, shot in the back by a lone attacker while attending a private event at an Ankara art museum.


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