Erdoğan’s American Mosque, A trojan horse to Spreads Islamism
The United States of America is a key target for Turkish Islamist zeal. In April 2016, Erdoğan inaugurated one of the largest mosques in the United States. Funded by the Turkish government, the Diyanet Center of America (DCA) is a massive complex that sits on nearly 17 acres in Lanham, Maryland.
The DCA is not shy about its loyalty to the AKP and openly notes that it “works in full cooperation with the Diyanet” — all to spread the regime’s particular strain of Islamism. In the West, Diyanet institutions also work with proxies and supporters of other Islamist movements supported by Ankara, such as the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood.
The Turkish regime network is deeply rooted in the United States. While it primarily operates through the DCA, the Diyanet in America is just one example of the Turkish regime’s efforts to infiltrate and influence.