Armenian-American media is reporting that a US-based Turkish Islamist businessman’s group has sponsored a billboard supporting Turkey and Azerbaijan in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. According to the Armenian Mirror-Spectator report:
February 13, 2021 PHILADELPHIA, Penn. (Facebook) – A billboard recently appeared on the I‑95 North freeway before the central Philadelphia exit stating “Azerbaijanis (and Turks) are ready to live in harmony with Armenians. ‘How about Armenians?’.” It also states “paid for by MÜSAİD USA,” which is an organization of Turkish-American businessmen and industrialists.
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MÜSİAD USA is the US branch of MÜSİAD, a Turkish businessman’s group founded in 1990 which aims to create a synthesis of business and Islamic conservative values. It professes not to be a political organization yet has supported the AKP financially, been supported by President Erdoğan, and MÜSİAD leaders have left their positions to become AKP politicians themselves. MÜSİAD’s leadership has included trustees of Global Muslim Brotherhood organizations and coordinated donations for the 2010 Gaza Flotilla. In addition to the US, MÜSİAD has offices throughout Turkey and many in Europe. MÜSİAD USA’s current president is Murat Güzel, a founder of the organization and a board member at the Turkish American National Steering Committee. In October 2020, the Global Influence Operations Report (GIOR) reported that he appeared on a September 2019 DNC Committee members list.
In November 2020, GIOR posted an analysis of the various state actors, including Turkey, who are attempting to influence the global perception of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
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