In Turkey, soaring support for Syrian offensive and rising anti-Americanism

Writing in the conservative daily newspaper Karar, which is sometimes critical of the president and his ruling party, columnist Mustafa Karaalioglu said the military campaign requires Turkish solidarity.

“With 11 days of the operation behind us,” he wrote, “almost the entire country shares the same feeling” about the offensive.

Another columnist, Ibrahim Karagul, writing in the pro-government Yeni Safak newspaper, minced few words in criticizing the United States.

“The U.S. is now the . . . greatest and most open threat for Turkey. It is an enemy country. The U.S. is the one that released the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and Daesh on us,” Karagul wrote, using an Arabic term for the Islamic State. Our “ties with the U.S. have no meaning left.”