Analysis & Commentary


28th January 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Libyan Ansar al-Sharia Leader Gets Medical Treatment in Turkey

Thomas Joscelyn

Ansar al-Sharia Libya confirmed this weekend that its leader, Mohamed al-Zahawi, had passed away from wounds sustained last year.

27th January 2015 - Quoted by Elena Holodny - Business Insider

Iran Is Ditching The Dollar In Foreign Trade

Jonathan Schanzer

Iran is ditching the dollar. Iran is no longer using the US dollar in foreign-trade transactions and is replacing it with other currencies, the deputy governor at the Iranian Central Bank Gholami Kamyab said, according to Sputnik News.

27th January 2015 - The Long War Journal

Analysis: Islamic State Sleeper Cells a Threat to Turkey

Jonathan Schanzer, Merve Tahiroglu

Turkey's lax border policies backfire as the Islamic State threatens to bite the hand that feeds.

20th January 2015 - Cited by Steven Cook - Defense One

How Turkey Can Improve Its Relations With the West

David Andrew Weinberg, Jonathan Schanzer

Since the outbreak of the Gezi Park protests, which began in May 2013, there has been an inordinate amount of commentary in the newspapers of record, opinion magazines, policy journals, and blogs about Turkey.

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.

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