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Lira Tumbles After Zarrab Confirms Erdogan Approved “Secret Iran Gold” Trade

In somewhat of a worst-case scenario, Turkish-Iranian gold trader Reza Zarrab just confirmed that Turkish President Erdogan approved the "secret Iran gold" trade that enabled Iran to evade US sanctions. Full Zarrab quote: "What I’m saying is that the prime minister at that time period Recep Tayyip Erdogan and minister of the treasury … had […]

Mysterious Turk At Center Of “Secret Gold” Trade With Iran, Vanishes From Federal Jail

While long forgotten for some, in the summer of 2014, we reported in detail on what appeared to be the biggest, most bizarre money-laundering scheme ever, involving Turkey trading "200 tons of secret gold" with Iran… The topic of Turkey's Oil-for-Gold 'deals' has not been far from our thoughts over the last few years (here, […]

NATO General Threatens “Consequences” For Turkey Buying Russian Air Defense System

Authored by Jason Ditz via AntiWar.com, In looking to upgrade their air defense system, Turkey had a choice: buying the advanced Russian S-400 systems, or more expensive, US-made alternatives. Turkey chose to buy Russian, and NATO isn’t happy. While NATO was initially just complaining the S-400 was incompatible with their own systems, top NATO General Petr […]

Lira Tanks As Germany Pressures Banks To Cut Turkey Funding

Following yesterday's US decision to decline a visa for a Justice ministry delegation, it was Germany's turn today to put the screws to Turkey. As Bloomberg reports, Germany is actively working to cut funding to Turkey from the country’s state-owned KfW bank, the European Investment Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, people familiar with the matter […]

Turkey Sentences Wall Street Journal Reporter To Jail For Terrorist Propaganda

A Turkish court has just fanned the flames of an incipient diplomatic crisis between the US and NATO’s most problematic member, when it found a Wall Street Journal reporter guilty of engaging in “terrorist propaganda” in support of a banned Kurdish organization. Ayla Albayrak was sentenced to more than two years in prison for writing […]

Back to Back US Drone Crashes In Turkey Come Amidst Severe Strain Between NATO Allies

Two United States MQ-1 Predator drones have crashed in Turkey within four days, possibly cutting the Air Force's operational fleet of drones at NATO's main Turkish base down to half. This comes at a moment when the future of US drone operations in the region remain in question due to heightened political tensions with the […]

Erdogan Threatens To “Chop Off Heads Of Traitors” On Coup Anniversary

Turkey’s President Recep Erdogan on Saturday celebrated the one year anniversary of the “failed coup” that aimed to oust him from power on Saturday in typical fashion, by threatening to “chop off the heads” of traitors. Addressing hundreds of thousands of supporters gathered at the bridge over the Bosphorus in Istanbul that saw some of […]

Why The EU’s Policy Towards The Syrian Conflict Is A Disaster?

Via GEFIRA.org, The European Union has to understand finally that idealism is simply magnifying human suffering and endangering the security of all parties. There is the realist alternative, which focuses on one’s own interest instead of morality. However, such foreign policy has a highly ethical purpose, i.e. peace and stability. The EU member states have […]

Flynn Probe Focusing On Former Business Partner

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn's interactions with Turkish officials has expanded to include Flynn’s former business partner, Bijan Kian, Reuters reported Tuesday. However, the news agency said it's unclear whether Kian is suspected of criminal activity, or if investigators are just trying to understand the role he played […]

Susan Rice Responds To Trump Unmasking Allegations: “I Leaked Nothing To Nobody”

If anyone expected former National Security Advisor Susan Rice, the same Susan Rice who “stretched the truth” about Benghazi, to admit in her first public appearance after news that she unmasked members of the Trump team to admit she did something wrong, will be disappointed. Instead, moments ago she told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell that she […]