Ömer Özkizilcik

Ömer Özkizilcik

Ömer Özkizilcik currently works as an Analyst at Middle East Foundation in Ankara and also an editor of Suriye Gündemi.
How Broken Deals in South Syria May Affect Northern Syria

How Broken Deals in South Syria May Affect Northern Syria

July 19, 2018
The YPG-dominated SDF may become frightened of how reliable their patron really is. It can be stated that the fear of the U.S. abandoning the YPG-dominated SDF is growing within the ranks of the partners of the U.S. In addition to the developments in southwest Syria, the Manbij roadmap between Turkey and the U.S. led to frustration within the SDF. Especially as the war against Daesh is coming to a near end, the YPG’s trust in the U.S. administration is declining.
Does Pentagon s 2019 Budget Deny Trump s Latest Syria

Does Pentagon’s 2019 Budget Deny Trump’s Latest Syria Statement?

April 9, 2018
The Pentagon’s agenda for Syria lacks strategic guidance and it is short-sighted and single-minded as it prioritizes the U.S. partnership with the YPG-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces over U.S. long-term interests in the Middle East. However, the internal U.S. wrangle over their policy will most likely continue.
Iran and the YPG Friends or Foes

Iran and the YPG: Friends or Foes?

February 21, 2018
During Operation Olive Branch, the YPG has used, visually confirmed, Iranian weapons. Among them are Iran-produced 107mm rockets, which were also found earlier in Turkey during anti-terror operations against the PKK.
What will Turkey Face during the Afrin Operation

What will Turkey Face during the Afrin Operation?

January 25, 2018
In addition to the military difficulties to be embraced, Turkey has to ready itself for a propaganda war with the terrorist organization. A genuine media strategy by the YPG, in addition to journalists who openly sympathize with the group, will seek to de-legitimize the operation conducted in Afrin.
Why are Syrian Rebels Losing Ground in Idlib

Why are Syrian Rebels Losing Ground in Idlib?

January 11, 2018
While the Syrian opposition enjoyed important support within Syrian society, HTS is logically viewed as Al-Qaeda – a group that does not enjoy popular support among Syrians.
A Pending Threat for the West Foreign Fighters in the

A Pending Threat for the West: Foreign Fighters in the YPG

December 25, 2017
Battle-hardened veterans who have fought within the ranks of the YPG may wait for a crisis or for a war to promote their ideology, recruit and train new members against their real enemy – “the capitalists.”
Turkey and the UAE Economic Allies but Regional Competitors

Turkey and the UAE: Economic Allies but Regional Competitors?

December 5, 2017
While Saudi Arabia and the UAE form the so called “axis of the status quo" promoting authoritarian regimes, Qatar and Turkey work together in the “revolutionary axis" supporting popular democracy movements in the Middle East.
Russia s YPG Strategy in Syria

Russia’s YPG Strategy in Syria

November 6, 2017
While in principle Russia is attempting to find a solution through the Astana talks with Turkey and Iran, Moscow also wants to use the YPG card to secure its political and military gains in Syria.
What is Turkey doing in Idlib

What is Turkey doing in Idlib?

October 9, 2017
With Turkish absence, Idlib would face huge destruction, indiscriminate bombing, massacres, huge refugee flows and would become a new Raqqa, Mosul or Aleppo. Turkish foreign policy aims and the future of the Syrian civilians in Idlib are now hand in hand.
Uniting the Syrian Rebel Factions

Uniting the Syrian Rebel Factions

September 20, 2017
As long as the support is not united under one structure, which will benefit the interim government, the Syrian opposition factions will also be unable to unite. In this case, it is only a question of whether the HTS or the Syrian regime will be first in eliminating Syrian opposition on the ground.