Metin Gurcan

Fighters from the Kurdish People's Protection Units inspect the damage at their headquarters after it was hit by Turkish airstrikes in Mount Karachok near al-Malikiyah, Syria, April 25, 2017. (photo by REUTERS/ Rodi Said)

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Does Turkey plan to continue airstrikes in Iraq, Syria?

Friday, Apr. 28, 2017 | Metin Gurcan, Columnist

Turkey’s recent bombings of groups it says are linked to Kurdish terrorists give Russia and the United States something else to agree on.

Turkey’s security sector becomes latest arena of Islamism debate

Monday, Apr. 17, 2017 | Metin Gurcan, Columnist

Increasingly divisive Islamic and ultra-nationalist arguments in Turkey have started to plague the country's security sector following last summer's coup attempt.

How Turkey's 'hasty' support for US missile strike could backfire

Monday, Apr. 10, 2017 | Metin Gurcan, Columnist

Turkey's rash decisions about Syria could make it appear fickle to both Russia and the United States.

Can Turkey afford new battlefront in Iraq?

Tuesday, Apr. 4, 2017 | Metin Gurcan, Columnist

Turkey has labeled Operation Euphrates Shield a "success" and put it to bed, leaving observers to wonder about the Turkish military's next ambitions.

Turkey recruits youth hackers to boost cybersecurity

Thursday, Mar. 30, 2017 | Metin Gurcan, Columnist

Increasingly susceptible to cyberattacks, Turkey is recruiting former hackers and tech-savvy citizens for training in cyber affairs, but some worry the Turkish government will use these new capabilities to monitor its own citizens.

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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 between 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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