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Turkish military mission becomes media circus

Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party framed its cross-border mission to evacuate the Tomb of Suleiman Shah as a victory for the nation, but political opposition and social media commenters saw much to mock about the operation.
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Public relations photos distributed to the press Feb. 22 overshadowed the realities of Turkey’s cross-border military operation. An image showed soldiers hoisting the Turkish flag exactly in the same manner and style as that unforgettable picture at Iwo Jima.

Another photo depicted Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu at the center of a table, flanked by the chief of staff and minister of defense, pointing at a map of Syria while watching an ongoing operation. The picture, taken at an underground operations center in the chief of staff headquarters in Ankara, was reminiscent of images of President Barack Obama in the White House operations room watching the Navy Seal operation that ended with the killing of Osama bin Laden.

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