Ayla Jean Yackley

Ayla Jean Yackley is a correspondent for Reuters, obsessing over Turkey since 2000. She has also worked in Iraq, Iran, Syria, Afghanistan, Germany and Cyprus and her work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Bloomberg News, the international edition of the New York Times, Canvas and Wired. She originally hails from Ottawa, Illinois. Follow her on Twitter.

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