Decades after the 9/11 attacks, the discourse of terrorism dominates the news media and the representation of specific acts serves to legitimize ideologies and justify extreme incidents against constructed others. Using Robert M. Entman’s theory on mediated public diplomacy, the article conducts a qualitative content and textual analysis of news pieces of BBC World and TRT World news channels on the so-called terror organizations of YPG and ISIS in relation to the Syrian civil war. The researcher comparatively analyzes the terror concepts and discourses of BBC World and TRT World news in light of Norman Fairclough’s and Teun A. van Dijk’s works and reveals that news discourses were used as a foreign diplomacy tool in favor of certain groups or countries. The article also argues that editorial reports went beyond informing people to achieving better results in foreign policy.

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Journal of Communication
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Goksu, F. (2020). Return of the War on Terror: A Comparative Discourse Analysis of TRT World and BBC World News Regarding the Syrian War. Journal of Communication, 5(2), 21–38. doi:10.18848/2470-9247/CGP/v05i02/21-37