Yeni Asya, June 14th
“Turkey: Getting Syrian Democratic Forces to Withdraw”
Turkey’s far-right daily, Yeni Asya, cited Bloomberg’s “Erdogan Says US Is Undermining His Rule by Arming Syrian Kurds” to report on Ankara’s pressuring of Washington. Turkey wants the US to get the Syrian Democratic Forces’ Kurdish People's Protection Units’ (YPG) fighters at least 30-40 kilometres (20-25 miles) south of the Turkish border, collect American-supplied “heavy weapons” from them and place the safe zone under Turkish control.
Milli Gazete, June 13th
“Turkey’s Government Run as a Tribe”
Felicity Party Leader, Temel Karamollaoğlu, warned against Turkey’s administrative policy-making process in Ankara, blaming the ruling Justice and Development Party for injustices in governance.
“Where we are today is that the government and the state are managed like a clan is run. When the Justice and Development Party (AKP) was founded, they told us that they would come with justice and development. But there is no justice and no development,” Karamollaoğlu said.
“Successive elections in Turkey have worn the state out,” he warned, adding that Turkey is struggling with many issues: the eastern Mediterranean, where it is surrounded on four sides; the S-400 missile system dilemma and the economic crisis.
Karamollaoğlu urged the country and state to immediately stop quarrelling over elections and focus on the problems at hand.
Cumhuriyet, June 12th
“Ruling AKP Sees Divisions Over New Army Draft Law”
Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) lawmakers held a closed meeting to debate a controversial draft bill that will affect the country’s army recruitment.
According to insider sources, who spoke under the conditions of anonymity, some lawmakers voiced fears of reducing the size of the Turkish army with a number of parliamentarians agreeing to amend Article 45, which grants the president the right to exempt people from military conscription.
Other lawmakers blasted the bill for cutting down compulsory military conscription from one year to six months and reducing the financial value set for dodging drafts legally.
Lawmakers pointed fingers towards the raging war in neighbouring Syria which makes easing army drafts very untimely.
“Is the threat over our borders or Canada?” some lawmakers questioned with cynicism.
Yeni Şafak, June 11th
“Americans are Teaching the PKK to Fly Drones”
The Turkish conservative daily, Yeni Safak, accused Washington of allegedly training and arming the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) separatists.
“The military operation mounted by Turkey in northern Iraq has angered the US, which in the past four years has handed over 23,000 trucks laden with heavy-weight arms to PKK fighters,” Yeni Safak wrote, citing unnamed sources, reporting on the latest weapons aid being delivered to the group on June 9th.
“On June 9th, Washington sent 27 trucks containing weapons that included drones.”
“In Syria’s Hasaka and Ain Issa areas US forces are also training PKK fighters to fly drones.”
It is worth noting that Turkey baselessly accuses the US-backed People's Protection Units (YPG), a mainly-Kurdish militia in Syria and the primary component of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), of being a PKK offshoot.
Yeniçağ, June 10th
“Imamoğlu Will End Squandering”
Turkey’s main opposition leader, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, promised voters in the upcoming Istanbul mayoral by-election that the Republican People's Party (CHP) candidate, Ekrem İmamoğlu, will address the squandering of public assets suffered by the country’s financial hub.
“Hope is very big, and everything will become great in Istanbul with Ekrem İmamoğlu. Istanbul's budget is big, why are there problems in the first place?” Kılıçdaroğlu said.
“The problem lies in managing Istanbul's large budget. The budget is not managed by the logic of providing services, but rather by the logic of squandering left and right,” the CHP leader explained, vowing that with “İmamoğlu, facing all this, will enforce better management that will stop the misuse of resources”.
The following day, according to Sözcü daily, İmamoğlu pointed out that the Istanbul municipality spending on maintaining its official website was “enough to buy two broadcasting channels.”
“There is something extraordinarily wasteful. We know a lot about this waste and we promise that we will end it,” Sözcü cited İmamoğlu as saying before an election rally.