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American diplomats and military personnel in Turkey are in increasing danger as Turkish officials incite violence that can quickly spin out of control.

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Over 14 years of rule by Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkey has flipped sides from ally to adversary. What does this mean for the United States?

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Can secular government and culture survive in Turkey? Fourteen years of rule by Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has certainly damaged those prospects.

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Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlüt Cavusoglu is in Brussels to attend a NATO Foreign Ministers’ Meeting. He has some explaining to do.

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While the case against his associate is ongoing, Zarrab’s plea appears to confirm that Turkey (in theory a NATO ally) worked to undercut and undermine sanctions against the Islamic Republic of Iran out of both ideological spite and the personal greed of Erdogan and his family.

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Yildirim never should have been invited to Washington. Even if he were sincere, he’s powerless. So long as Erdogan threatens American troops, supports terrorism, holds innocents hostage, and whips up anti-American incitement, Turkey’s leaders deserve nothing but a cold shoulder.

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It’s long past time to calibrate U.S. policy to the reality of Erdogan’s behavior and policies rather than the image some Turkish diplomats and the U.S. representatives and senators who belong to the Congressional Turkey Caucus seek to craft.

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Years of Erdoganism have done damage that may be irreparable to Turkey’s future. New leadership may emerge, but it will be no miracle cure for what Erdogan has wrought.

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The willingness of the State Department to turn a blind eye to so-called allies’ terror sponsorship undercuts the war on terrorism and leads terror sponsors to believe they can act with impunity.

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As Turkey’s prisoners start to stand trial, here’s some advice for Mr. Erdogan, his prosecutors, and his court journalists: If the world is to believe the Turkish government’s allegations, it’s important to pursue not just one theory, but all of them.

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