Metin Gurcan

Fighters from the People's Protection Units (YPG) rest in Raqqa, Syria, June 18, 2017. (photo by REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic)

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Turkey increasingly vocal against YPG’s foreign recruits

Wednesday, Jun. 28, 2017 | Metin Gurcan, Columnist

Turkey is growing increasingly angry because foreign individuals, including some from the United States, are joining the ranks of Kurdish forces in Syria.

Turkey aims to cripple, not contain, PKK

Tuesday, Jun. 20, 2017 | Metin Gurcan, Columnist

Turkish security forces are taking a much more aggressive approach against the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), but how will Turkey transform operational military success into a sustainable and peaceful political resolution?

Turkey’s top commander may be on his way out

Wednesday, Jun. 14, 2017 | Metin Gurcan, Columnist

The Turkish president soon will decide whether to keep his embattled chief of general staff for a while or replace him immediately.

Turkish military will protect Qatari regime if necessary

Monday, Jun. 12, 2017 | Metin Gurcan, Columnist

Ankara revealed a hard stance in the Qatar crisis by fast-tracking legislation that sends Turkish troops there to control protests and confront internal security threats.

Ankara looks beyond Raqqa offensive for fate of northern Syria

Friday, Jun. 2, 2017 | Metin Gurcan, Columnist

The Turkish government is worried about how the Democratic Union Party will transform northern Syria once the Islamic State is defeated in Raqqa.

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Metin Gurcan is a columnist for Al-Monitor's Turkey Pulse. He served in Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Iraq as a Turkish military adviser from 2002-2008. Resigned from the military, he is now an Istanbul-based independent security analyst. Gurcan obtained his PhD in May 2016, with a dissertation on changes in the Turkish military over the last decade. He has been published extensively in Turkish and foreign academic journals and his book titled “What Went Wrong in Afghanistan: Understanding Counterinsurgency in Tribalized, Rural, Muslim Environments” was published in August 2016. On Twitter: @Metin4020

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