MESOPOTAMIA NEWS BACKGROUNDER : ICYMI: Cipher Brief Analysis- Future of Security Between U.S. and Turkey on the Brink

  1. August 2018 – Iran hasn’t been the only target of U.S. sanctions in the past week… •Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ordered retaliatory sanctions again two unnamed U.S. officials after the U.S. ordered sanctions against two Turkish ministers last week.
  • That action came in response to Turkey’s refusal to release North Carolina pastor Andrew Brunson, who has been held since October 2016 on terrorism charges.