TURKISH PRESS REVIEW FEB 27

Friday's dailies mostly cover the Taliban bomb attack on a Turkish convoy in Afghanistan and Turkish football team Besiktas which dramatically beat Liverpool 5-4 on penalties in the UEFA Europa League.

TURKISH PRESS REVIEW FEB 27
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Friday's dailies mostly dedicate their front pages to Thursday's Taliban bomb attack on a Turkish convoy in the Afghan capital Kabul, which killed two people, including a Turkish soldier and an Afghan passerby.

"He died a martyr in Kabul" is HURRIYET’s headline, referring to the death of Turkish soldier Adem Sengul. The paper says the attack hit a special team protecting Ambassador Ismail Aramaz, NATO's Senior Civilian Representative in the country.

The Taliban has intensified attacks, especially in Kabul, soon after the new government under President Ashraf Ghani signed the Bilateral Security Agreement with the U.S. and the Status of Force Agreement with NATO in 2014.

Since Jan. 1, 2015, the NATO mission has evolved into training and advising the nascent Afghan security forces. The 13,000 foreign troops for the Resolute Support Mission come from 28 NATO allies and 14 other partner nations.

YENI SAFAK quotes Taliban sources as saying: "The target was U.S. military convoy." According to the daily, the Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack but said they did not hit the Turkish convoy intentionally.

Turkey's foreign minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, said Thursday that there have never been direct attacks on Turkish soldiers in the past in Afghanistan. Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said such attacks would never discourage Turkey from contributing to maintaining peace and stability in Afghanistan.

The majority of Turkish dailies also cover domestic football team Besiktas which beat English Premier League side Liverpool 5-4 on penalties in the UEFA Europa League at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul on Thursday night.

"Historic victory" says HABERTURK while STAR runs the headline: "Besiktas made history." Both of the dailies report that the Turkish club now qualifies for the last 16 in the Europa League.

In related stories, dailies also focus on the Turkey's Trabzonspor which lost to Italian club Napoli 1-0 in the second leg of Europa League match at the San Paolo Stadium in Naples.

Home side Napoli's Dutch midfielder Jonathan de Guzman scored the only goal of the game in the 19th minute. Napoli had already won the first leg 4-0 in Trabzon on Feb. 19, meaning the Italian side won 5-0 on aggregate.

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