Omer Ozkizilcik is a foreign policy and security analyst.
Al Qaeda has suffered heavily in Syria due to Turkey's presence in Syria's Idlib, and is looking to hit back.
The Arab world has had a chequered relationship with Turkey since World War I but in recent days there has been a wave of political collaboration and conflict resolution.
The adoption of a proactive operational strategy has allowed the Turkish military to conduct effective cross-border operations against the terror group amid northern Iraq's rugged terrain.
Increasing diplomatic ties with the SIG comes with few risks but will have a significant effect on the future of Syria and the region. This is an opportunity to gain with little to lose.
The YPG has proved that it is incapable of managing the Al Hol camp in Syria, that was a terrible idea from its outset.
Israel and Turkey share a number of areas where they can collaborate to minimise Iranian expansionism, but it will require deft diplomacy and concessions.
Since the 'war on terror', US Central Command has had extraordinary influence over American politics. But a greater focus on China brings with it new opportunities.
Turkey is actively imposing a safe-zone against Russia. Assuming the new doctrine holds, it means an end to Russian and Iranian hopes for a military solution in Syria.
The strikes can be seen as a positive step, but at the same time they expose the fact that the US cannot strike back at Iran inside Iraq.
The prevention of a humanitarian catastrophe in Idlib could serve as a test case for how drones can be put to use for good.
Tehran’s strategy has been to use its Shia militias to assist the PKK and exploit the terror group against Turkey, which it views as a threat in Iraq.
France's push for a European army, greater autonomy from the US and its apologia for Russian expansionism raise questions about its commitment to NATO.
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