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Former Treasury Official Slams Ex-Erdogan Deputy on Sanctions






MANHATTAN (Courthouse News) – A former deputy for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan joined an ever-growing list of Turkish officials accused of enabling sanctions violations on Friday during a money laundering trial in a New York federal courthouse.


In 2012, politician Ali Babacan served as then-Prime Minister Erdogan’s deputy, a position that Babacan would hold for three more years.


Babacan is now serving as a member of the Turkish parliament as a trial unfolds halfway across the world in New York, where prosecutors hope to convict banker Mehmet Hakan Atilla — a former manager at Turkey’s state-run Halkbank — of sanctions violations.


Former Treasury Department official David Cohen has been testifying for the U.S. government in that effort, and he told a jury today that Babacan’s intention to violate U.S. sanctions against Iran were so brazen that the deputy announced it publicly.


Cohen said that he warned Halkbank general manager Suleyman Aslan about the matter in a letter.

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Understanding Turkey’s Afrin Operation


Q1: Why is Turkey attacking Afrin?

A1: On January 20, Turkey launched a major military operation beyond its southern border code-named “Olive Branch” directed at the Syrian Kurdish canton of Afrin. The move followed months of increasingly harsh statements by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan about the emergence of a belt immediately beyond the Turkish-Syrian border controlled by the Democratic Union Party (PYD) and its armed wing, the People’s Protection Units (YPG), viewed by Turkey as the Syrian Kurdish affiliate of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). On January 13, Erdogan had announced that there would be action “within a week…if the terrorists in Afrin do not surrender,” and four days later the Turkish National Security Council meeting he chaired confirmed that steps would be taken “immediately and decisively to eliminate threats…to prevent the formation of a terror corridor and terrorist army beyond [Turkey’s] borders.”




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Keynote Address by the NATO Deputy Secretary General on Turkey's Relationship with the Organization as She Visits the Country



Among all NATO Allies, Turkey is the most exposed to instability and turmoil stemming from the Middle East.  Your country has suffered a series of brutal terrorist attacks and I want you to know that NATO stands in solidarity with Turkey in the fight against terrorism.



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