The PKK poses a real regional threat, equal to that of DAESH, and has become a knot in Turkish-Iraqi relations.
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Terrorism Analysis Platform analyzed the key terror-related events during 2020 and explained the main trends related to the PKK and DAESH.
PKK has targeted Turkey through violent terrorist attacks as well as fake news and black propaganda since March 2020 when the first COVID-19 cases emerged in Turkey and neighboring countries
The PKK seems to have returned to the 1970-1984 period, in which its terrorists were trying to increase their aggressive behavior but were too weak to act in most cases
Turkey's recent military operation, Operation Claw, is a continuation of Turkey's counter-terrorism strategy of maintaining active military presence and fight on the field. The operation has three objectives.
If the U.S. isn’t going to address Turkey’s security concerns and since Turkey is being pushed from inside by the Turkish people and the Syrian opposition to launch a military operation towards Manbij and the east of the Euphrates, the best for Turkey would be not to withstand this and...
The YPG doesn’t have the experience of the rebels in Idlib who have fought for years against an enemy with air-power. The YPG has become too used to air-support and their experience in war without air support is mainly limited to its loss of 200 villages in a week south...
Since the launch of the Operation Claw by Turkey, the PKK has lost strategic hills in the Hakurk region, and the PKK has accused the KRG of collaboration with Ankara. YPG's recent move against Kurdistan 24 can also be seen as an attempt to retaliate in the name of the...
The joint Syrian-Turkish operation aims initially to liberate Arab areas from the YPG. This clearly contradicts with the critics who state that the main goal of the operation is demographic engineering.
Taking those foreign terrorist fighters back is the legal obligation of their home countries, but most know that their laws are incapable of declaring a proper sentence against them.
The propaganda machine for the PKK has also lost its functionality after Turkey’s Afrin operation. This will certainly affect the image of being an effective ground force in the fight against Daesh. As a result, it can be safely argued that the PKK faces a very complicated future in both...
While much as the world is concerned with European foreign fighters, it should also be looking at the issue of terrorists from Central Asian states who were some of the most infamous fighters of Daesh.
Turkey’s first goal is to minimize the PKK’s presence and capacity and force it to withdraw from the areas it controls in the western flank of the Euphrates.
The Marxist-Leninist Communist Party, an underground faction classified as a terrorist organisation in Turkey, is an ally of the US-backed YPG, report Sibel Düz and Ömer Özkizilcik.
This is the first comprehensive counter-terror operation against the PKK. This time, the military strategy is not only targeting to eliminate PKK terrorists but also aiming to clean and hold the territory where the PKK has any presence.
Turkey is revolutionizing its counter-terrorism strategy not only against the PKK in Turkey but also against other terrorist organizations in Syria and Iraq. The new face of terrorism and changing dynamics in the Middle East are likely to push Turkey to revolutionize its military affairs in the near future.
Turkey’s strategic objective is clear: to de-territorialize the YPG/PYD alongside its Syrian border, fix relations with the U.S. in Syria and recalibrate its military presence.
While some media outlets reported efforts in Syria as "internal fighting among Turkey-backed groups," in reality, there was a "clean up" operation with the backing of Turkish Armed Forces in order to wipe criminal gangs from Afrin and Aleppo.
This year, Turkey's counterterrorism strategy against the PKK has proven to be a remarkable success. The strategy was preventive and debilitating.
Western governments should take the issue of FTF returnees of the YPG seriously at least for the sake of their own public order.
Lessons ought to be taken from failures and intelligence needs to be developed with a proper management policy. Turkey has the relevant manpower, organizational capacity, tools and technology, and political will in order to realize a transformation in intelligence.
Conducting a military operation in a different geography, operating in an environment in which the dominant language is different and variations in socio-cultural dynamics in the region made Turkey more reliant on FSA forces during the operation.