Military

Russian Air Defense Architecture … for NATO Member Turkey?

 Russian Defense Architecture NATO Turkey

By Burak Bekdil 

BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 424

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Turkey, a NATO ally, may be on the brink of purchasing an air defense system from Russia. If the Turks place that weaponry on their soil, they will no longer have access to the NATO satellite signals critical for that very defense system to be useful. 

Is another Turkish coup imminent?

Turkish courtroom


Ahmed al-Burai
Turkey's armed forces are reportedly unhappy with the AKP's post-coup purge. But if they are planning a coup, Erdogan is ready
On 25 February, the flagship Turkish newspaper Hurriyet published a controversial article with the headline "Unease at the military headquarters", implying serious discontent among the country's armed forces.

What is happening in the Turkish military?

Turkish military


Author Ali Bayramoglu, TranslatorTimur Göksel

No one can question the centrality of civilian-military relations in Turkey’s political life. Early in the last century, a military republic assumed the legacy of a military empire. In the 93 years since, Turkey has experienced four military coups and three abortive attempts. For a third of that time, Turkey was under martial law, and until 2000, practically lived under military tutelage.

Dispatch from Mosul

EASTERN MOSUL


by Jonathan Spyer, The Jerusalem Report
EASTERN MOSUL, IRAQ "So I'm a sniper, right, and I see four IS guys approaching. I'm on a roof. I take down two of them. Then the rifle jams. And they're coming forward. So I make it down the stairs, and I throw a grenade as theyre in the courtyard of the house. One of them's killed outright. 

The Turkish Army in Syria Is All Dressed Up With Nowhere to Go

Turkish Army in Syria

If Russia and the Syrian army have anything to say about it

by PAUL IDDON
Fresh from its victory over Islamic State militants in Al Bab in northwest Syria, Turkey is reiterating its longstanding threat to attack the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces in Manbij to the east.

IN SYRIA, TURKEY FINDS ITSELF BOXED IN: WHAT’S NEXT?

Turkish tanks

AARON STEIN AND RAO KOMAR
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After months of halting and costly progress, the Turkish military and allied Syrian rebels are in a good position to take the Syrian city of al-Bab from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). With the capture of al-Bab, Turkey will have accomplished the clearly defined goals of its “Operation Euphrates Shield” intervention in northern Aleppo governorate: driving ISIL from the Turkish border and blocking hostile Kurdish forces from linking their territory to Turkey’s south.


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