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General İsmail Metin Temel (1958, Bayburt) is a Turkish Second Army Command former commander. He graduated from the Turkish Military Academy. He was the commander of Turkish forces in Syria in 2017.

İsmail Metin Temel
İsmail Metin Temel (2016).jpg
Born1958 (age 60–61)
Bayburt, Turkey
Allegiance Turkey
Service/branchFlag of Turkish Land Forces Command.svgTurkish Land Forces
Years of service1981–present
RankTurkey-army-OF-9.svg General
Commands heldSecond Army of Turkey
Battles/warsKurdish–Turkish conflict (1978–present)

Turkish involvement in the Syrian Civil War


The family of İsmail Metin Temel who was born in 1958 settled in Adana after migrating from Taht village of Bayburt in the 1970s.[1] Since 1981, he has been active in the Turkish Army. In 2012, Ismail Metin Temel was appointed as Commanders of 3'rd Tactical Infantry Division/Yuksekova Hakkari.[2] In 2016, General İsmail Metin Temel, Commander of the Van Gendarmerie Public Security Corps, was appointed to the 2nd Army Commandership with the appointment decision of the Ministry of National Defense.[3] He was the commander of Turkish forces in Syria in 2017[4]

İsmail Metin Temel speaks English.[citation needed]

Military careerEdit

Ismail has commanded two campaigns, his first campaign was Operation Euphrates Shield, located on the Turkish-Syrian border in which he and Lt. Gen. Zekai Aksakallı successfully carried the operation and neutralizing over 3000 ISIL fighters.[citation needed] His second campaign (Operation Olive Branch) came amid growing tensions between the Turkish and American governments over the latter's support of the Syrian Democratic Forces, which are made up primarily of Kurdish fighters of the YPG, which Turkey considers to be a branch of the PKK. In particular, Turkey objected to announced plans by the US to train and equip a 30,000 strong SDF border force, which Turkey claimed posed a direct threat to their security.[citation needed] On 31 December 2018, he was appointed to General Staff's Directorate of Audit and Evaluation by Presidential Decree.[5]


  1. ^ "Orgeneral İsmail Metin Temel 2. Ordu Komutanı oldu" (in Turkish). Bayburt City News. 28 July 2016.
  2. ^ "Eğirdir Dağ Komando Okulu Komutanı Tümgeneral Temel'den, Veda Ziyareti". (in Turkish). Retrieved 2018-01-28.
  3. ^ "2. Ordu Komutanlığı Korgeneral İsmail Metin Temel atandı" (in Turkish). Istıklal. 29 July 2016.
  4. ^ sitesi, Türkiye'nin lider haber. "Son dakika: Afrin harekatını Korgeneral İsmail Metin Temel yönetecek!". Milliyet. Retrieved 21 January 2018.
  5. ^ [1] Son dakika... General atamaları Resmi Gazete'de yayımlandı
Military offices
Preceded by
Adem Huduti
Commander of the Second Army of Turkey
18 July 2016
Succeeded by