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Turkey: The terrorism landscape

The risk of terrorism in Turkey in 2017 is likely to remain as acute as 2016, if not more so. This is because of the severe threat posed by the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), its affiliate the Kurdistan Freedom Falcons (TAK), Islamic State and, to a lesser degree, the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party/Front (DHKP/C). Turkey’s security apparatus was already stretched prior to the purge of thousands of members of the army, police force and intelligence service following the abortive coup of July 2016. The shrunken security establishment is under even greater pressure today, faced with the task of thwarting terrorism plots while purging proven or alleged supporters of the Gulen opposition movement. It is under even greater pressure today. The maps below reflect the negative trajectory of Turkey’s security landscape.