November 27, 2019

Is Turkey becoming a haven for terrorist financing?

Featuring Peter Harrell

Source: Ahval

Journalist Ian J. Lynch

New U.S. sanctions on Islamic State (ISIS) operatives based in Turkey have brought questions about Ankara’s counterterrorism priorities and raised the prospect that the country could face crippling economic sanctions of its own, experts have warned.

Turkish counterterrorism units detained Ismail Bayaltun in July 2015, several weeks after 48 tons of aluminum pigment owned by his export import company were barred from exiting Turkey into Syria.

The aluminum pigment, a raw paint material, is legally available on the market, but Turkey’s National Intelligence Agency (MİT) reportedly flagged the large shipment, informing the Ministry of Customs and Trade that it could also be used to make explosives.

Read the full story and more in Ahval.


  • Peter Harrell

    Former Adjunct Senior Fellow, Energy, Economics and Security Program

    Peter Harrell is a former adjunct senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security. He is a leading expert on U.S. economic statecraft, including sanctions, export cont...