Monthly Archives: April 2014

Locating the Turkish Convoy: Analyzing the ISIS Youtube Video

An ISIS youtube video was posted today that showed a number of the vehicles in the Turkish convoy sent to the Suleyman Shah tomb. The video has a lot of geographic markers that I think allows for the identification of … Continue reading

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The Turkish Convoy: The Vehicles

The youtube video above allows for the identification of some of the vehicles used in the Turkish military convoy that entered Syria. The first is the Kirpi: The Kirpi is a mine resistant, ambush protected (MRAP) vehicle capable of carrying … Continue reading

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The Turkish Military Convoy: Unanswered Questions (Update)

On 23 April, the Turkish military sent a large convoy of trucks, tanks, and armored personnel carriers into Syria to resupply the troops stationed at the Suleyman Shah Tomb ( 36° 38′ 19.06″ N, 38° 12′ 27.07″ E). The tomb sits … Continue reading

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The Erdogan/Gul Prisoner Dilemma

During the Cold War, strategists often turned to game theory to explain deterrence and the concept of mutually assured destruction (MAD). The United States and the Soviet Union, for example, were cast as players in an open-ended PD game, whereby … Continue reading

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The Akkuyu Nuclear Plant: What Exactly is Going On?

In early April, Rosatom allocated $1.39 billion for the construction of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant to the project company Akkuyu NPP JSC (AKKUYU NGS ELEKTRIK ÜRETIM ANONIM ŞIRKETI). The project company is a 100% Russian owned subsidiary that is tasked … Continue reading

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Turkey’s Airplane-less Nuclear Weapons: A Classic Crisis Stability Problem? (Updated)

As Hans K. notes over at Strategic Security, the United States Air Force’s 2015 Budget shows “that integration of the B61-12 on NATO F-16 and Tornado aircraft will start in 2015 for completion in 2017 and 2018.” The upgrade includes: software … Continue reading

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Crowdsourcing Turkey’s Satellite Launch Vehicle

  In July 2013, SSM concluded a contract with Roketsan to begin pre-conceptual work on a satellite launch vehicle (SLV). SSM has asked that the proposed SLV be capable of launching satellites into low-earth-orbit. Roketsan has also been asked to … Continue reading

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