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A recent hostile exchange between Turkish leaders about forming a new ­security force has left Turks wondering more about soldiers’ facial hair than the force itself. Moustaches are not ironic here and deliver political statements.

The dispute started when Hüseyin Çelik, deputy leader of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), promised it would not be like the anti-terror unit deployed in Kurdish south-east Turkey in the 1990s, which was accused of human rights acts. “There were men whose moustaches were hanging…



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