Metin Gurcan

Turkish military vehicles drive in al-Rai, Syria, Jan. 4, 2017.  (photo by REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi)

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Will Turkey get its way in Raqqa?

Monday, Feb. 20, 2017 | Metin Gurcan, Columnist

Turkey is trying to balance its precarious relationships with the United States and Russia while still getting what it wants in Syria.

Will Raqqa be site for clash of titan generals?

Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017 | Metin Gurcan, Columnist

Two admired military heroes of Iran and Turkey, both commanding elite military units in Iraq and Syria, could wind up confronting each other in northern Syria.

Turkey’s Euphrates Shield reaches critical juncture

Monday, Feb. 13, 2017 | Metin Gurcan, Columnist

Will Turkish army advance to Raqqa, try to hold on to al-Bab or end the operation and go back to Turkey?

Turkey steps up action against Salafi networks

Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017 | Metin Gurcan, Columnist

Turkey has substantially increased operations against Salafi-jihadi groups in 2017, but Ankara’s real problem is deciding whether to keep them under control or eradicate them.

Is Turkey being snowed by flurry of fake defense news?

Monday, Feb. 6, 2017 | Metin Gurcan, Columnist

Turkey's news media have been overloaded with exaggerated and at times improbable defense industry and security reports serving as political propaganda for the government.

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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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