Ahmet S. Yayla is a 20-year veteran of counter-terrorism in the Turkish National Police and a professor at Georgetown University’s Center for Security Studies. He explains how Erdoğan’s government supported, financed, and helped ISIS and al-Qaeda flourish in Syria and the region.

Abdullah Bozkurt
Abdullah Bozkurt

Abdullah Bozkurt, 47, a journalist for over 20 years, is president of the Stockholm Center for Freedom (SCF), a monitoring group that tracks human rights violations in Turkey. He is also the director of the Nordic Research and Monitoring Network, which investigates terrorism, security, crime and extremism, and the author of Turkey Interrupted: Derailing Democracy. He founded the Muhabir News Agency, which was shut down by the Turkish government in July 2016. Bozkurt was also bureau chief for the Ankara-based daily Today’s Zaman, and served as its Washington, D.C. correspondent.

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