Jan 16 2018

Turkey will strangle U.S. Kurdish force before it’s born - headlines

Turkish pro-government media headlines on Tuesday were heavily inspired by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s words on the news that the United States was planning to found a 30,000-person army in Syria under majority-Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) command.

Takvim, Türkiye, Yeni Şafak and Milliyet newspapers used the Erdoğan quotation “We will come down on your heads” as its front-page headline, while Sabah, Akşam, Milat and Akit newspapers used “We will strangle it before it is born”.

Sabah
Sabah

Sabah also featured the visit of the emir of Qatar under the headline “Surprise visit”, with a picture of Erdoğan and his son-in-law, Energy Minister Berat Albayrak entertaining the emir.

The secular Hürriyet newspaper went with Erdoğan’s “The operation may begin at any moment”, with additional details about the reactions from Russia and Syria to the announcement of the army to be founded and Turkey’s military build-up at the Syrian border.

Cumhuriyet
Cumhuriyet

Opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet’s headline on Afrin was “Dangerous isolation”, a play on a government foreign policy soundbite that said Turkey’s policy was “precious isolation”. Its subtitle said, “Precious isolation has reached a new dimension. The Justice and Development Party (AKP) mistake-filled Syria policy has left Turkey once again without allies on the brink of conflict.”

Below the main headline, Cumhuriyet reported under the headline “High courts also won’t listen to the Constitutional Court” that the requests of Mehmet Altan and Şahin Alpay for release pending trial at an appeals court had been rejected.

Habertürk
Habertürk

Pro-government newspaper Habertürk, meanwhile, devoted its full front page to Erdoğan opening an electrical production facility belonging to the paper’s owners, Ciner Group.