Operation Olive Branch

How Turkey Has Changed its Counter-Terrorism Policy Against the PKK
How Turkey Has Changed its Counter-Terrorism Policy Against the PKK

This is the first comprehensive counter-terror operation against the PKK. This time, the military strategy is not only...

Friday, June 15, 2018

Turkey's fight against PKK gains new momentum ahead of elections
Turkey's fight against PKK gains new momentum ahead of elections

If the United States keeps its promises on Manbij, it will be able to solve its specific problems with Turkey and, more...

Friday, June 8, 2018

What does US Withdrawal from Syria Mean for Turkey
What does US Withdrawal from Syria Mean for Turkey?

The recent announcement of President Trump to withdraw American troops from Syria has not only further complicated the...

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Surprise visit by President Erdogan is welcomed by a joyous
Surprise visit by President Erdogan is welcomed by a joyous and relieved Hatay

Macron’s attempt to enter Syria through the back door not only remind us of the ignominious policies during the French...

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Turkey in the Aftermath of the Afrin Operation
Turkey in the Aftermath of the Afrin Operation

Turkey’s “allies” that arm, train, and protect the PKK may keep the group safe in some zones for some time, but this was...

Saturday, March 31, 2018

The PKK and its Complicated Future
The PKK and its Complicated Future

The propaganda machine for the PKK has also lost its functionality after Turkey’s Afrin operation. This will certainly...

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Is the new target Sinjar or Manbij and what does
Is the new target Sinjar or Manbij and what does Turkey want to do?

Following successful counter terrorism operations in Northern Syria, Turkey resolute to entirely clean all of its borders...

Friday, March 30, 2018

What is next in Syria after Afrin
What is next in Syria after Afrin?

Turkey now has a more concrete road map for the future of both Syria and Iraq and it has declared to the world that the...

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Can Manbij serve as a Model for US-Turkey Cooperation in
Can Manbij serve as a Model for US-Turkey Cooperation in Syria?

If the U.S. and Turkey can work together in northern Syria, they could broaden their regional strategic conversation that...

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Afrin Victory for peace defeat for terrorism
Afrin: Victory for peace, defeat for terrorism

The Afrin operation is a major blow to terrorists in northern Syria and should be supported by everyone who takes a clear...

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Strategic Exit in Afrin but Whose Strategy
Strategic Exit in Afrin, but Whose Strategy?

Turkey’s encirclement strategy in Afrin, which is known for not letting easy retreat, left an exit door - or a golden...

Saturday, March 24, 2018

How will Turkey carry out its Military Campaign beyond Afrin
How will Turkey carry out its Military Campaign beyond Afrin?

One way or another, it is clear that Turkey's military-political victory will provide more opportunities for strategic...

Friday, March 23, 2018

What should Pompeo do
What should Pompeo do?

The U.S. should have realised that Turkey was not bluffing about clearing its border from all terrorist elements.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Europe must appreciate Turkey's commitment to counterterrorism
Europe must appreciate Turkey's commitment to counterterrorism

Under a new counter-terrorism policy, Turkey is committed to neutralizing national security threats in Syria and Iraq...

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

The PYD s Forced Migration Policy in Syria
The PYD’s Forced Migration Policy in Syria

Not only Arabs but also Turkmens, Kurds and Assyrians have suffered from the PYD's forced migration policy in Syria. The...

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Who will land on both feet after the Afrin Operation
Who will land on both feet after the Afrin Operation?

Since Turkey implemented “boots on the ground” strategy in northern Syria, the Syrian crisis has become more complicated....

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Afrin residents were forced to dig ditches
Afrin residents were forced to dig ditches

As part of their defense strategy, the YPG/PKK had started digging ditches, building tunnels, making barricades, and...

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Turkish FM postpones US trip in wake of Tillerson exit
Turkish FM postpones US trip in wake of Tillerson exit

Mevlut Cavusoglu’s trip scheduled for March 19 has been postponed in the wake of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s...

Thursday, March 15, 2018

What does Qatari support for Turkey s Afrin Operation mean
What does Qatari support for Turkey’s Afrin Operation mean?

Gulf countries seem to have no strategy for dealing with Iran, and they are short-sighted in not supporting Turkey, even...

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Erdogan hopes Afrin is liberated by this evening
Erdogan ‘hopes’ Afrin is liberated ‘by this evening’

Turkey’s president said on Wednesday he hopes the northwestern Syrian city of Afrin would be liberated from terrorists “by...

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

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