Necdet Özçelik is currently a PhD candidate at Middle East Studies at Ankara Social Science University. He retired from the Turkish Armed Forces in 2014 after serving 21 years. Özçelik completed numerous tours of duty in domestic and foreign operations in Turkey, Iraq, Kyrgyzstan and Afghanistan during his service in Turkish Special Forces. He also served at Turkish Armed Forces Attaché Office at Turkish Embassy in Washington, DC, USA. In addition to national military trainings, he also trained at U.S. Army Special Forces at JFK Special Warfare Center and School in USA and NATO International Special Training Center in Germany. He has expertise in irregular warfare and his area of studies covers terrorism, C/T, insurgency, COIN, violent non-state actors and the nature of low intensity conflicts. Özçelik is a research fellow at the SETA Foundation in Ankara and he studies the PKK and other regional terrorist organizations.
How has the PKK gained a vast territory in Iraq and Syria? What was the strategy of the PKK’s territorial gain? Is the Turkish strategy for the de-territorialization of the PKK working? What challenges will Turkey face?
This book is the result of a research project organized by the Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research (Siyaset, Ekonomi ve Toplum Araştırmaları Vakfı, SETA) born out of the need to understand the context-specific dynamics of the violent radicalization of the PKK and its urban
strategy between 2015 and 2016. The aim is to explore the causes, new dynamics, and effects of PKK terrorism, and to explain the failure of its urban warfare tactics in Turkey.
What was the strategic importance of Manbij for the United States, the PKK/PYD, and Turkey? What topics will be covered by the roadmap in Manbij? How sincere is the U.S. with Turkey about its PKK/PYD policy? Will U.S. military activity in Sinjar Mountain jeopardize Manbij Agreement?