Dec 09 2017

McGurk ‘slaughtered 42,000 people,’ pro-Erdoğan daily says

As Turkey’s anti-Americanism grows, the tone of criticism of U.S. foreign policy is boiling over in some media reports.

Yeni Şafak, a leading pro-Erdoğan newspaper, called Brett McGurk, the U.S. special envoy for the coalition against the Islamic State, a “terrorist organisation leader” who had “ordered the murder of 17,000 people in Syria and 25,000 people in Iraq between 2015 and 2017.”

In August, the same paper reported that the Homs and Raqqa operations by the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces in summer 2017 had caused 46,000 deaths.

McGurk should be tried for “crimes against humanity,” the paper said, also holding him responsible for the death of 71 Turkish soldiers during Turkey’s Euphrates Shield military operation in Syria.



Yeni Şafak is not alone in targeting the U.S. special envoy. Another Islamist newspaper, Diriliş Postası, published a front page editorial that featured McGurk's photograph, demanding that the United States be prosecuted for “terror crimes”.



A petition for an arrest warrant to be issued for McGurk in Turkey was also filed this week in the capital Ankara.



“Terrorist leader,” “despicable liar,” and “colonial governor” are now regular epithets used by Turkey's pro-government media for the U.S. envoy.

Last month, Yeni Şafak branded McGurk a “terrorist” on its Turkish front page, but used the term “U.S. envoy” instead in its English version.