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The Biggest Sanctions-Evasion Scheme in Recent History

JONATHAN SCHANZER – The AtlanticYesterday, Turkish banker Mehmet Hakan Atilla was found guilty in a Manhattan courtroom for a range of financial crimes. His dramatic trial revealed that tens of billions in dollars and gold moved from Turkey to Iran through a complex network of businesses, banks, and front companies. …

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Is Turkey’s Rapprochement with Iran and Russia Sustainable?

Soner Cagaptay (The Washington Institute) Recent news stories suggesting that Ankara, Tehran, and Moscow are agreeing to cooperate in Syria’s northern Idlib province and to bury the hatchet in Syria’s civil war have brought to the foreground a key question: can Turkey become good friends, or even allies, with Iran and …

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Iran and Turkey Agree on Opposing Kurdish Independence, but Not Much More

Merve Tahiroglu & Amir Toumaj – FDD Policy Brief Last week, Iran’s top military commander Major General Mohammad Bagheri made an unprecedented appearance in Ankara, where he met with top Turkish officials including President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Erdogan is expected to visit Tehran in the upcoming weeks. Bagheri’s visit came as Iraqi Kurds prepare to hold a …

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Iraqi Kurdish leader says no turning back on independence bid

By Samia Nakhoul, Maher Chmaytelli and Stephen Kalin (Reuters) Iraq’s Kurdish leader said on Thursday that there was no turning back on a bid to achieve an independent Kurdish state, but he would pursue it through dialogue with Baghdad and regional powers to avoid conflict. Masoud Barzani, President of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), told …

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Iran’s Ambitions in the Levant

Ehud Yaari (Foreign Affaires) In the words of U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the administration of President Donald Trump is currently “reviewing ways to confront challenges posed by Iran.” This most likely means looking for ways in which to curb Iran’s expansionism in the Middle East. But for any containment …

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A MYSTERIOUS CASE INVOLVING TURKEY, IRAN, AND RUDY GIULIANI

The mysterious case of Reza Zarrab, a Turkish-Iranian businessman facing federal charges in New York, has grown even stranger over the past couple of weeks. Zarrab, who is thirty-three, was arrested by F.B.I. agents, in Miami, last March. At the time, he was one of the flashiest and wealthiest businessmen …

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How Turkey-Iran trade deal collapsed in two years

 Mehmet Cetingulec (Al Monitor)   A preferential trade agreement between Turkey and Iran has proved to be a huge disappointment in its first two years, with bilateral trade lagging far behind the $35 billion target the deal was supposed to achieve. The agreement, which took effect Jan. 1, 2015, introduced …

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Is Iran-Turkey tension intentional?

Fehim Taştekin (Al Monitor) Sometimes, Turkey just can’t seem to help itself. Other times, its diplomatic lapses seem intentional. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu both managed to insult Iran recently in high-profile venues, resulting in high-profile economic damage. In a statement last week in Bahrain, …

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The Strategic Convergence of Russia and Iran

By Christopher Kozak (ISW) The Trump administration reportedly seeks to drive a wedge between Russia and Iran in Syria. Officials have suggested that the U.S. could exploit natural tensions between the two states and persuade Russia to check Iran in the Middle East. This notion assumes that cooperation between the …

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Iran summons Turkish envoy over comments by president, foreign minister

Iran summoned the Turkish ambassador in Tehran on Monday over comments made by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and President Tayyip Erdogan accusing the Islamic Republic of destabilizing the region. Tehran and Ankara support opposite sides in the conflict in Syria with mostly Shi’ite Iran backing the government of President …

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