The Two-Fold “War on Terror” (2015–2017)

  • Spyridon Plakoudas


This chapter examines how a new wave of violence, similar in scale to that in the1990s, unfolded in two phases: between July 2015 and April 2016, an urban guerrilla war in the towns of south-eastern Turkey and, from April 2016 until May 2017, a rural guerrilla war—in parallel with the Operation “Euphrates Shield” (August 2016–May 2017) by Turkey and the FSA in northern Syria. Analysing the course of the two-fold war on terror (against ISIS and PKK/ PYD) and the impact of the failed coup d’ état in July 2016 for the first time, the chapter demonstrates that the first phase ended in victory for Turkey and the second one in stalemate.


War on terror PYD ISIS Euphrates shield Coup d’ état 

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  • Spyridon Plakoudas
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  1. 1.American University in the EmiratesDubaiUnited Arab Emirates

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