Metin Gurcan

Members of the Emergency Response Division celebrate victory over the Islamic State in the Old City of Mosul, Iraq, July 8, 2017.  (photo by REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani)

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Military setbacks don't ensure Islamic State's demise

Thursday, Jul. 20, 2017 | Metin Gurcan, Columnist

The Islamic State's loss of territory in Iraq and Syria is accompanied by opponents' cheers of a military victory — but is it really victory?

Turkey’s ‘great wall’ nearing completion

Friday, Jul. 14, 2017 | Metin Gurcan, Columnist

Having finished most of the 435-mile-long wall on the Syria border, Turkey is to erect walls on its borders with Iran and Iraq.

Ankara's offer to Moscow: Give us Afrin for Idlib

Monday, Jul. 3, 2017 | Metin Gurcan, Columnist

As the situation in northern Syria heats up, the future of Idlib and Afrin depend on strategic bargaining between Ankara and Moscow.

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?

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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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