Turkish media aligned with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan enthusiastically supported Azerbaijan in its conflict with Armenia over control of the Nagorno-Karabakh region on Thursday, using language about “purges” that would be deeply disturbing to Armenians who fear Turkey might continue the genocide waged against their people by the Ottoman Empire a century ago.
Ibrahim Karagül, editor-in-chief of Yeni Safak, argued Azerbaijan has a “fundamental right” to use any degree of force against the “occupation” of its territory by the ethnic Armenians who have lived there for centuries, passed from one kingdom and republic to another as the borders were redrawn around them.
“Now, Baku is conducting a determined operation to end this occupation,” wrote Karagül, referring to the capital of Azerbaijan. “For the first time in three decades, it is shifting from defense mode to offense. It is carrying out an extremely successful operation. It is purging its cities, villages, mountains,