MEF Spotlight

An Iraqi asylum seeker was recently convicted of the attempted bombing of the London Underground at Parsons Green last year. Despite claims that he was not inspired by the Islamic State, it turned out that the perpetrator had been listening to Islamic State songs (nasheeds), which were not properly identified during investigations. Middle East Forum fellow Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi helped The Independent identify two of those nasheeds, for evidence to be submitted ahead of sentencing.

Spotlight: Turkey's Invasion of Afrin

Middle East Forum staff and fellows broadly agree that Turkey's actions in the region have been problematic for American interests. The Turkish invasion of the Kurdish enclave of Afrin in northwest Syria, which has distracted attention from fighting Islamic State remnants in the east of the country, is the latest headache for the U.S.

Staff and fellows generally suggest that the United States should take action to check the increasingly authoritarian and reckless tendencies of Turkey's government.

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Saudi Arabia

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Turkey's Syrian Battleground


What are the consequences of Turkey's invasion of Afrin?


The Trump Administration Post-Tillerson


The need for consistent U.S. policy in the Middle East.

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