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Turkish Press Review of Hurriyet, Milliyet, Turkiye, Zaman, Yeni Safak, Vatan, Cumhuriyet, Radikal, Sabah

Turkish Press Review
Turkish Press Review of Hurriyet, Milliyet, Turkiye, Zaman, Yeni Safak, Vatan, Cumhuriyet, Radikal, Sabah


Oguz Isikli, the alleged hitman of the assassination of businessman Nesim Malki, surrendered to security forces in the northwestern city of Bursa nine years after the killing. Isikli pleaded not guilty and used his right to remain silent. Malki was killed in an armed attack on November 22nd, 1995.

Terrorists detonated a remote-control land-mine in Yuksekova town of the eastern city of Hakkari, killing a major commander and injuring two privates.

Security forces seized 28 grenades in a shanty house in Istanbul. It was revealed that the bombs belonged to retired noncommissioned officer Oktay Yildirim, the local chairman of the Nationalist Forces Association.


The main topic of Ankara's political agenda became martyrs' funerals as elections draw near. Meanwhile, launching of an investigation, about those who protested the government at the funerals and caught by the cameras, engendered controversies regarding "freedom of expression." Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said "I would just say 'shame on you' to those who want to turn the palm of martyrdom into an opportunity for discrimination." Main opposition leader Deniz Baykal said "investigations into the protests at the funerals reflect the mood of Mr. Prime Minister."

Turkish military plans to reinforce troops in north of Iraq to form a "buffer zone" 3-15 kilometers inside Iraq to intercept PKK terrorists. Turkish government is set to launch initiatives to dispel objections by Iraq and the USA regarding the plan discussed at the Security Summit.


Security forces seized 27 hand-bombs in a non-commissioned officer's house in Istanbul. It was revealed that the bombs were identical with those used in an attack on a newspaper office.

After acts of terror escalated, the Security Department decided to send special units from western cities to eastern and southeastern cities. A 125-member special unit has been dispatched to those regions. On the other hand, a number of artilleries and tanks were also sent to eastern and southeastern regions.


After robbery incidents increased in affluent regions of the Turkish capital of Ankara, police began to conduct wide scale investigations. Ankara Police was shocked to find out that a group of 15 people actually established a security company in order to commit robberies. The company first of all installed alarm systems in residences and businesses and later committed robbery at those locations.

The security meeting that took place in Ankara last Tuesday helped ease tension in Ankara. The participants at the meeting decided to resolve the terror problem within a democratic platform. Also, the government and general staff showed to the Turkish people after the security meeting that they are working in harmony against terror.


A constitutional amendment facilitating the election of the president by popular vote is at President Ahmet Necdet Sezer's desk for the past 14 days. There is only one more day left for Sezer to approve the amendment. Sezer had vetoed the amendment previously but the Turkish parliament returned the same amendment to Sezer.

The Democracy and Global Security Conference kicks off in Istanbul on Thursday. The conference will last two days and be attended by interior ministers, police chiefs and security experts from 80 countries.


The southeastern Habur border pass provides more than 50,000 truck drivers with income. Over one million people make their lives by relying on the Habur border gate. The people of the region have an objection to the call made by the Chairman of the Republican People's Party (CHP) Deniz Baykal to shut down the Habur border pass which neighbors north of Iraq. The local people around Habur indicated that the "border pass should not be closed without opening a factory first. Habur is our source of income."

Turkish striker Tuncay Sanli (25), who signed for English Middlesbrough football club, has taken every step in the past eight years in a planned fashion. Sanli told himself that he will not get married until the age of 30. While playing for Sakaryaspor, he would frequently visit Istanbul to become more socialized. He hired an English teacher and learned to speak English. Sanli received private speech lessons. He let his hair grow long in order to attract attention during football games.


The New York Times wrote, "Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan took a strong public stance against a military incursion into northern Iraq, in an indication that he would not back the military's request for a major offensive." The daily said that the United States would be pleased with Prime Minister Erdogan's remarks.

A major commander was martyred after plastic explosives planted by the terrorist organization on a road in Yuksekova town of the eastern city of Hakkari, detonated. Two privates were seriously injured in the attack.


Political party leaders make serious allegations about each other. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan: "Especially the main opposition behaved disgracefully. All they know is to cause crisis." Main opposition CHP leader Deniz Baykal: "Remarks as 'Turkey should first focus on fight against terrorism at home' can not belong to those who governs Turkey. These are the remarks of Barzani, Talabani and USA."

President Ahmet Necdet Sezer approved the law that widens the authority of the police. From now on, the police can carry out body search, take finger prints of those who did not commit a crime.


Chairman of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) Deniz Baykal indicated that the Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks like Kurdish leader Barzani. Baykal's remarks came after Erdogan said that Turkey first of all should fight against terrorists within Turkey, rather than conducting an operation in north of Iraq. Baykal stressed that Erdogan happens to be the main obstacle before the fight against terror.

The Turkish State Planning Organization (DPT) submitted the Medium Term Program, covering the period between 2008-2010, to the Council of Ministers. The Medium Term Program will help kick off the 2008 budgetary process. According to the DPT, inflation in Turkey in 2008 and 2009 will be four percent. Turkey will grow 5.6 percent between 2008-2010, said the DPT.

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