U.S. Has Not Expressed Concerns Over Hamas Leader in Turkey

Turkish official says no ‘concerns’ expressed to Turkey following Hamas coup plot
AP

The Obama administration has not expressed to Turkey any concerns over recent reports indicating that a senior Hamas operative operating in Turkey had been implicated in a coup plot to overthrow the Palestinian government in the West Bank and wage war on Israel, according to a Turkish official.

State Dept. Defends Arms Sales to Turkey Despite Hamas Ties

Dept. has been holding up shipments to Israel
A Turkish soldier stands by a tank as he patrols the border with Syria

The State Department defended missile sales to Turkey just hours after news emerged that Ankara had hosted and abetted a senior Hamas operative who planned to violently overthrow the Palestinian government in the West Bank and wage war on Israel.

Turkish Paper: ‘God Bless That Hitler’

Pro-Erdogan paper calls on all ‘good’ Jews to apologize for Israel
Anti-Israel protest in Turkey (AP)

A Turkish columnist at a pro-government newspaper celebrated Hitler in a recent column on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and demanded that Turkey’s Jewish leaders apologize for “genocide” committed by the “‘Zionist/Jewish terror base’ that is Israel,” according to a translation of the controversial op-ed.

Iran, Turkey Meet Amid ‘Massive Sanctions Busting’ Schemes

First meeting between Iranian president and Turkey in nearly 20 years
Turkey's President Abdullah Gul, right, and his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani / AP

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is in Turkey this week for the first official high-level meeting in nearly 20 years, sparking speculation that the two nations are growing closer as a means to offset U.S. power in the region and further solidify a deal meant to skirt U.S. sanctions on Tehran.

Report: Turkey Financing Top Global Terror Groups

Turkey becoming world’s leading terrorism finance hub
Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh / AP

Turkey has become a principal financial hub for terrorists under the leadership of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose government has helped Iran skirt sanctions, supported jihadi groups in Syria, and provided financial backing to Hamas, according to a new report by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD).

Convergence of the Twain

Column: Why American foreign policy is headed for disaster
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Over the last several weeks, reading news of disorder and upheaval from Venezuela to the Levant to Ukraine to Iraq to Afghanistan, I have thought often of a poem written almost a century ago. Thomas Hardy composed “The Convergence of the Twain” in memory of the sinking of the Titanic. It was published in 1915, three years after the great ship made contact with the deadly iceberg, but reading it today one cannot help experiencing its timelessness, cannot help sharing in its tragic sense of fate.

Iran Takes Global ‘Victory Lap’

Top leaders jet-setting across globe to increase trade, ties
Hassan Rowhani / AP

Senior Iranian officials have launched a full blown diplomatic charm offensive across the Middle East and Europe following the recent signing of a nuclear accord that Tehran has celebrated as victory over the West.

Anti-Israel Flotilla Group Busted in al Qaeda Terror Raid

Group claiming to be peaceful activists actually tied to al Qaeda
Israeli Naval vessel intercepts pro-Palestinian flotilla / AP

Turkish police on Tuesday raided the offices of an al Qaeda-linked charity group responsible for organizing the 2010 Gaza flotilla that caused a deadly international incident.