February'18 Issue 9

Inside This Issue

  1. Introduction
  2. DRK Insight and Studies
  3. Regional Developments
  4. Turkey Security Incident Overview (30 Days)
  5. Turkey Security Incident Overview (3 Months)
  6. Security or Resilience



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DRK Insight and Studies


  • Sochi Summit and Re-positioning Turkey’s Security Philosophy
  • Egypt Mosque Attack: A Brief Analysis and Possible Consequences
  • Turkey – NATO Relations; Perspectives for the Future
  • Unlawful Referendum Attempt of Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and Its Implications

Case Study & Insights

  • PKK-PYD-ISIS, Interactions; Future Possibilities on the Regional Terrorism Developments
  • Large Scale Social Kurdish Turmoil - 6-7 October 2014 - Turkey
  • PKK Attack Profile 2017
  • Turkey’s Possible Military Operations: Idlib & Afrin

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Regional Developments

Turkey says no disagreements with Russia over Syria operation: Turkey and Russia have no disagreements over Ankara’s air and ground offensive into northern Syria’s Afrin region and the two countries are in close contact over the operation, the Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said.


(Accessed on February 6, 2018)


Iran's Rouhani urges Turkey to halt Afrin operation: Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has called on Turkey to stop its military operation in the northern Syrian enclave of Afrin, saying it will only result in more deaths on both sides. "We wish that Turkey's operation in Syria will end at the earliest time," he told reporters in the capital Tehran.


(Accessed on February 6, 2018)


US general says troops will remain in Manbij, backs Kurdish group: On the ground in Syria, the top U.S. general in the coalition fighting the Islamic State group pledged on Feb. 7 that American troops would remain in the northern Syrian town of Manbij despite Ankara’s demands for a U.S. pullout. “We’re here to ensure the lasting defeat of ISIS is maintained in this area,” Lt. Gen. Paul E. Funk said during a visit to U.S. forces in Manbij. Funk’s visit came amid rising tensions between Turkey and the United States - NATO allies that have ended up on opposing sides in some aspects of the multi-layered war in Syria.


(Accessed on February 8, 2018)


Israeli F-16 jet shot down by Syria fire, says military: An Israeli F-16 fighter jet has been shot down by Syrian military while targeting what it called Iranian sites responsible for launching a drone into occupied Golan Heights. "IDF [Israel Defence Forces] has targeted the Iranian control systems in Syria that sent the UAV into Israeli airspace.” Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conricus, Israeli military spokesman, said.


(Accessed on February 10, 2018)


U.S. funding of Syrian YPG militia will impact Turkey's decisions: The Pentagon requested $300 million for Syrian “train and equip activities” and $250 million for border security requirements, according to a copy of the budget. Washington has backed the YPG in the fight against Islamic State in Syria. “Our ally’s decision to give financial support to the YPG ... will surely affect the decisions we will take,” Erdogan said in a speech.


(Accessed on February 13, 2018)




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Turkey warns Greece, Cyprus over gas search, Aegean islets: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has issued a warning to Greece, Cyprus and international companies exploring for gas in the Mediterranean not to "step out of line" and encroach on Turkey's rights. "Opportunistic attempts concerning gas exploration off Cyprus and concerning Aegean islets are not escaping our attentions," Erdogan said.


(Accessed on February 13, 2018)


Nearly 1,500 terrorists neutralized in Afrin operation: At least 1,485 PYD/PKK and Daesh terrorists have been "neutralized" since the beginning of Operation Olive Branch in Syria's Afrin, according to the Turkish General Staff on Wednesday. Turkish authorities often use the word "neutralized" in their statements to imply the terrorists in question either surrendered or were killed or captured.


(Accessed on February 14, 2018)


Turkey 'explicitly' asks Greece to refrain from tension: Ankara has "explicitly" told Greece that refraining from tensions would be "better" for bilateral ties, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Wednesday. "Recently, there have been some violations during this tension, which started with Kardak rocks, to which we gave a response," Yildirim said. “Aegean Sea should be used "efficiently" for the welfare of both, Turkey and Greece.” He added. On Jan. 28, the Turkish Coast Guard blocked Greece’s Defense Minister Panos Kammenos from approaching a pair of Turkish islets in the Aegean. Coast guard officers warned Kammenos, who was heading to the Kardak islets in an assault boat to lay a wreath there. Following the warning, the Greek boat left Turkey’s territorial waters.


(Accessed on February 14, 2018)

Turkey Security Incident Overview – 30 Days (January 15 - February15, 2018)

Turkey Security Incident Overview – 3 Months (November 15, 2017 – February15, 2018)




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Security or Resilience

In the last 20 years, the globalization made an enormous impact on the Business practices. The power of industrial know-how and emerging markets in the developing countries led to a paradigm change that diminished the effect of the location in doing business. Many companies invested in the countries which are more sensitive to many risks. Accordingly, the newly emerging business practices drove the companies to encounter the complex security problems such as terrorism, organized crime, information security, asymmetric and networked attacks.

This fact showed the ineffectiveness of the traditional security concepts to deal with these complex security problems and expanded the portfolio of the security risks as well as forced corporate security to align with the business.  Since the security risks and operating practices became interdependent, the new security concept must encompass a spectrum ranging from the basic security problems to the complex cyber threats, business continuity planning, and reputation management. In this regard, the organizations should transform the focus of the corporate security function from a “security-centric one” into a “resilience-centric one.” The security branch should operate in a way that helps the company to take risks rather than eliminate them.

Based on its vision and security philosophy, DRK can help the organizations in the transformation efforts of their security concept and understanding to meet complex and diverse security challenges.


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